Published November 30, 2016 1:21am
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Sen. Leila de Lima said that she was prepared for the two "worst case scenarios" that might befall her - that she would either end up in jail or she would be killed.
"Naisip ko na lahat ng worse scenario: ikukulong and probably worse than that. Sana naman huwag nila ako patayin para naman mayroon akong konting laban," explained De Lima.
She stressed the importance of proving she had not been involved in the illegal drug trade as Justice secretary, saying, "Kasi they bury me, they bury the truth."
De Lima added that she was just waiting for the right time to answer all the accusations being hurled against her by the Duterte administration, which she claimed was orchestrating the relentless attacks on her.
"I just have to weather the storm and wait for that time when there's an atmosphere already for truth-telling," she explained.
Presently, she added, there was an atmosphere of "pananakot, pandidiin, pandikdik, pamumuwersa, lies and deception.
" De Lima said she would wait for a time "devoid of any pressure, intimidation, or fear... In the meantime, haharapin ko na muna ang mga kaso."
Several cases have already been filed against her with the Department of Justice over her alleged drug links, which could earn her a life imprisonment sentence if found guilty.
The House of Representatives, meanwhile, is threatening to cite her for contempt because she had asked her former driver-bodyguard to avoid a House inquiry.
Additionally, House justice committee chair and Oriental Mindoro Rep. Reynaldo Umali said they were considering filing an ethics complaint, a criminal complaint, and a disbarment case against De Lima over her affair with her driver-bodyguard.