De Lima gets it from Duterte again

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Sunday, May 18, 2014


DAVAO City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte once again criticized Justice Secretary Leila de Lima for allegedly “sanitizing” Malampaya scam charge sheet.

Duterte was referring to the headline of a national daily, reporting 97 mayors who became recipients of the Malampaya Fund through a scheme operated by pork barrel queen Janet Lim-Napoles.

These mayors were not charged, even one, after allegedly promising to support De Lima when she seeks a Senate seat.

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“Ma’am mademanda ka gyud kay wala nimo sila gikasohan (You’ll be sued for failing file cases against the mayors named in the scam),” Duterte said, addressing De Lima.

Duterte recalled how the Justice secretary lambasted him for extra-judicial killing.

“Asa man mo, mga taga-Dabaw? Sa Mayor nga mupatay ug criminal? O sa opisyal nga kawaton inyong kwarta (Who will you, Dabawenyos, prefer: a mayor who kills criminals or a government officials who steals your money)?” Duterte asked.

According to the report, the latest accusation against De Lima is one of the allegations in the unsigned 30-page affidavit of Napoles that typhoon rehabilitation head Panfilo Lacson turned over the other day to the Senate Blue Ribbon committee along with a list of lawmakers allegedly implicated by the businesswoman in the pork barrel scam.

“The unsigned affidavit, made public by the Blue Ribbon committee, states: “Later on, I found out that no one from the ninety seven (97) mayors was included in the charge sheet by the Department of Justice (DOJ) because Atty. Levito Baligod (Atty. Baligod) interviewed each mayor involved and promised their exclusion in the cases provided that they will support the candidacy in Senate of the DOJ Secretary Leila de Lima,” the report read.

This was already denied by de Lima. Duterte also called De Lima as a “publicity seeker.”

“Basta naay mic sa atubangan, TV crew, muabre gyud ning baba ni de Lima (The moment a microphone is place in front of here or a TV crew arrived, de Lima will open her mouth),” he said.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on May 19, 2014.

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