Pati pari pinapatulan! De Lima slams Duterte as ‘pure evil’
This President is “pure evil.”
Detained Senator Leila de Lima made the remark referring to President Rodrigo Duterte amid the spate of killings and attempted killing of Catholic priests in a span of six months.
She believes that the President’s continued attacks against the Catholic church triggered the killing of Fr. Richmond Nilo on June 10, Fr. Mark Ventura on April 28, Fr. Marcelito Paez, on Dec. 4, 2017.
They were all gunned down by unidentified assailants who fled on motorcycles.
Fr. Rey Urmeneta of Calamba, Laguna was severely wounded after he was shot by unidentified armed men on June 6.
“Ginagawa niyang Davao ang buong Pilipinas,” the opposition senator said.
Pinapatay ang mga mahihirap, mga bata, mga walang kalaban-laban,” De Lima said on Wednesday before the start of the hearing for the disobedience to summons case filed against her before the Quezon City Metropolitan Trial Court Branch 34.
“Ngayon naman mga pari. Sino ang isusunod nila? Ano pa bang kademonyohan ang puwedeng gawin ng Iglesia ni Duterte?” De Lima said to some reporters who covered the hearing.
There was a point where she appealed to her police escorts not to block reporters’ cameras from recording what she was saying.
“May karapatan po sila, ang media. Hayaan niyo sila. And it’s also my right to say something, to express things,” De Lima said.
Then she continued, “Tignan niyo naman ang nangyayari, maski pari hindi na safe. Dapat ho talaga kumilos na rin ho ang mga pamunuan ng Simbahan.”
De Lima deplored that some Catholic Church officials are “silent” about the killings of priests.
“Bakit konti lang na mga Obispo ang nagsasalita? Nasaan yung iba? Nasaan si Cardinal Tagle?” she asked.
“Lantaran na pong binabastos, kinukutya, binabalahura ang Simbahan. Hindi pa ba sila kikilos?” the senator from Bicol stressed.
De Lima is also facing drug charges before two branches of the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court (RTC). She was detained at the Phil. National Police Custodial Center since February 2017.