MANILA - Senator Leila De Lima insisted Tuesday that her public service record remains unquestionable, contrary to Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II's claim that the drug charges against her were bolstered by her recent admission of a past affair with her former driver.
"My record as a public official, first as Commission on Human Rights Chair and as Secretary of Justice speaks for itself," De Lima said.
President Duterte has repeatedly accused De Lima of receiving millions of pesos in drug payoffs from high-profile inmate of the New Bilibid Prison, sometimes through her former driver, Ronnie Dayan.
De Lima admitted Monday that she once had a romantic relationship, with Dayan, but maintained that she never collected drug-tainted money.
She refused to give further details about her ties with Dayan, saying she will not publicly discuss private matters. "My reputation is untarnished until now," she said.
Aguirre, meanwhile, said De Lima's admission corroborates her alleged drug ties and refutes her earlier accusation that the government is merely fabricating stories against her.
He said the admission bolsters the disbarment case against De Lima because it supposedly proves that she cannot pass the Supreme Court's high standard of morality.
Source: ABS-CBN NEWS