De Lima worries for Trillanes’ safety amid death threats
Detained Senator Leila de Lima believes that President Rodrigo Duterte is “more than capable” of carrying out his supposed “death threat” against Senator Sonny Trillanes.
She criticized the President for his recent remarks that “somebody” will shoot Trillanes, who is also considered as one of the staunchest critics of the present administration.
“Being the father and founder of the Davao Death Squad, one more murder will not make a difference to Duterte,” De Lima said.
“The only question is if he will be stupid enough to do it,” she said. De Lima and Trillanes both belong to the Senate minority bloc.
She added, “This is what happens when the leader of a criminal syndicate and political warlord of one of the country’s most violent places becomes president.”
“Death threats coming from the Davao Mafia boss are common everyday occurrences that no longer remain in the headlines for more than a day,” she said.
In a speech before new barangay officials in Cebu City on June 7, Mr. Duterte claimed that “there will come a day that someone will shoot him because he’s arrogant.” He was referring to Trillanes.
In response to the President’s supposed veiled threat, Trillanes said, “Go ahead, Mr. Duterte, order somebody to shoot me and, I assure you, it would lead to your end.”
De Lima said the Filipino people have become immune from death threats because Duterte has regularly threatened those who are critical of his administration’s crooked policies since he assumed presidency.
“The public has already been desensitized to numerous death threats issued by Duterte that this one is nothing new, except for the fact that due to Sen. Sonny’s perseverance in coming across to the public in his fight against a murderer President and a Chinese puppet, whatever remaining thread of sanity Duterte still is hanging on to might ultimately snap,” she said.
De Lima was detained at the Phil. National Police Custodial Center since February 24, 2017 on drug charges.
She denied the allegation and branded it as politically-motivated for being vocal against some of the government’s policies which violate human rights such as the war on drugs.