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She’s got balls! Here’s why Ateneo’s Leloy Claudio believes PH owes De Lima a big favor

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Ateneo de Manila University associate professor for political science Lisandro Elias “Leloy” Claudio has just been schooled by his student on just how big of a deal Senator Leila de Lima’s vocal criticism of President Rodrigo Duterte is.

In a Facebook post, Claudio shared that he had complained about De Lima’s “bad timing” in his Introduction to Politics class on February 23.

“I said something to the extent of ‘The problem with De5 is that she had bad timing, going after Duterte at the height of his popularity,'” he said.

A student, however, disagreed with Claudio.

“Student tells me: ‘But if she didn’t do it then, how could we have expected the process of investigation to start? Somebody had to be brave.'”

Claudio said he was humbled by his student’s comment.

“And, yes, somebody had to be brave. Thank you Sen. Leila,” he said.

De Lima was arrested Friday (February 24) over drug trafficking charges filed by the Department of Justice. She was ordered to be detained at the Philippine National Police Custodial Center in Camp Crame.