Karma is real.
Detained Senator Leila de Lima raised this point as she noted that her “persecutors” have fallen out of President Rodrigo Duterte’s grace one by one.
“It may not be enough to pay for what they did to me, but one by one, my persecutors and tormentors, those who maligned my reputation and attacked my honor on orders of Duterte, are being dropped like hot potatoes, also by Duterte himself,” she said.
“One by one, former Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre, the triumvirate of former Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, former Deputy Speaker Rudy Farinas, former House Justice Committee Chair Reynaldo Umali, and now, former Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, were all discarded by Duterte even after dutifully serving as his errand boys in his personal vendetta against me,” she said.
She said that all had their respective roles that they played during the House hearing on the National Bilibid Prison (NBP) drug trade.
“Each one of them knows the lies that they peddled and the fabricated nature of the testimonies brought against me,” De Lima said.
She said that these are the same lies and fabricated charges now being used by the Department of Justice (DoJ) and its prosecutors in the drug cases filed against her.
“Certainly, there is no dearth of dishonorable men and women who will readily do Duterte’s bidding, after the likes of Dante Jimenez, Sandra Cam and Persida Acosta,” she said.
“After all, Duterte makes sure that I continue to suffer in jail,” the opposition senator said.
For this, she said that Duterte has to make sure that the Bilibid witnesses against her “are kept secured and properly rehearsed by the DoJ prosecutors with their false testimonies.”
She also said that the “recycled appointment” of former Customs chief Nicanor Faeldon to the BuCor (Bureau of Corrections) after the resignation of Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa is just another step in ensuring that the NBP inmates being used against me continue to be coddled and given special treatment, or pressured and threatened, at least until they finish falsely testifying against her.
“All those who continue to pursue this persecution should take a lesson from those who came before them,” De Lima said.
“If they think they will be rewarded by Duterte at the end, they only have to look at what happened to Aguirre, Alvarez, Farinas, Umali and Roque,” she said.
De Lima added, “Duterte discarded these ambitious sycophants as easily as he had used them, as soon as they had served their purpose.”
“There can be no reward in doing injustice to innocent people. In the end, truth and justice will always catch up,” she said.