Trillanes urges senators to reopen De Lima probe: Hindi siya kriminal, pinaratangan lang siya
Senator Antonio Trillanes IV on Wednesday urged his colleagues to take a stand and rally behind their detained colleague, Sen. Leila de Lima, by revisiting the illegal drug charges against her.
In trying to convince his colleagues to reopen the hearings on the drug lords’ testimonies against De Lima, Trillanes said that all of them knew that President Rodrigo Duterte’s claim that she was a “drug queen” was baseless.
“Hindi po sya criminal para tratuhin na parang isang criminal. Mas doble ang hirap ng pagkakulong lalo na para sa isang babae at ina,” said Trillanes.
While he too was a former detainee in Camp Crame due to his involvement in the failed mutinies during the Arroyo administration, Trillanes said the case of de Lima was difference because he and his Magdalo Group paid the consequences for breaking the law in order to effect change in the government.
“Pero si Sen. De Lima, walang ginawang kahit ano man, pinaratangan lang sya. There was no overt action done at all to merit her incarceration. Kung nag express tayo ng outrage sa pagpapalaya kay Supt. (Marvin) Marcos at kanyang mga kasamahan na maliwanag na nag commit ng murder, dapat lalo tayong magalit sa ginawa at ginagawa kay Sen. De Lima. By any established standard, that is injustice,” he said.
Trillanes called upon the chair of the Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs chaired by Sen. Panfilo Lacson to conduct an inquiry on the trump up charges against De Lima.
“This is a clear case of political persecution,” said Trillanes who noted that de Lima’s incarceration achieved Duterte’s goal of sending chills down the spine of his critics.
“I know Sen. De Lima may have offended some of you, personally, during her tenure as secretary of justice. I had my own run-ins with her when she opposed our (Magdalo members’) amnesty then. Quite ironic, because here I am now, standing by her; standing for her’ fighting for her. Ganito rin ako makipaglaban para sa iba sa inyo nung nakaraan. Ganito tayo dapat sa isa’t isa lalo na kung para sa tama. Six months na syang nakakulong, mabigat na parusa ‘yan sa para isang taong walang pagkakasala. My colleagues, it’s time to do the right thing,” he said.
De Lima turned 58 last Sunday and was visited by families and friends while some senator-allies sent their video-recorded messages to her.
“Nang binisita ko sya nitong nagdaang linggo sa Crame sa kanyang kaarawan, ang mensahe ko sa kanya ay ang mga pagsubok na ito ay lilipas din. Ako ay naniniwala na sya ay makakalayang muli, malilinis ang kanyang pangalan at higit sa lahat, sya ay makakapagsilbing muli sa ating bayan,” Trillanes added.
His privilege speech was referred to the Lacson’s committee as well as the committee on rules.