President Rodrigo Duterte wasn’t only bent on crushing Senator Leila de Lima when he started linking her to illegal drugs early in his term.
For University of the Philippines professor emeritus for sociology Randy David, the administration wants to destroy the legacy of President Benigno Aquino III by going after someone closely associated with his rule.
In his Philippine Daily Inquirer column published Sunday (Nov. 27), David wrote: “Someone is undoubtedly behind this badly written script, someone who seeks to destroy Senator De Lima because she has become emblematic of everything that the Aquino administration stood for. To destroy her is to deface the legacy of that administration.”
David made the statement after hearing the testimonies of self-confessed drug dealer Kerwin Espinosa and De Lima’s former driver and lover Ronnie Dayan, who both implicated her in the illegal drug trade.
Based on their statements, the UP professor said it was far-fetched that De Lima used Dayan to collect drug money for her.
“It looks more likely that Dayan had exploited and monetized his personal connection with her for his own selfish interests. I even doubt if this undeserving man ever had any real affection for the woman he is now sacrificing at the altar of her enemies,” he said.