Senator Leila de Lima on Monday denied allegations of protecting and financing suspected Abu Sayyaf members, calling these “totally insane” and “outrageously ridiculous.”
“This latest accusation that I am a protector and financier of terrorists is not only totally insane but also outrageously ridiculous!” De Lima said in a statement.
De Lima said the present administration was behind the move, in an effort to further damage her reputation.
“It only exposes at how this administration could bend so low at digging in the imagined dirt that it fails to see the public laughing at them,” the senator said.
“Like many of you, I too am exhausted and disgusted at this administration’s obsession for manufactured lies and malicious conjectures to smear my integrity and damage my name,” she added.
News reports said De Lima and Sulu Vice Governor Abdusakur Tan, along with three others, were accused of “financing the release” of Mohammad Sali Said, Jul Ahmad Ahadi and Robin Sahiyal.
The three were ordered released in February 2013 during the term of De Lima as secretary of the Department of Justice (DOJ). De Lima, a staunch critic of President Rodrigo Duterte, said the administration is using “hapless pawns” in its demolition job against its political opponents like her.
“But what is getting clearer to me and to most good people I know is that the administration’s demolition job against its political opponents is sinking to a new low to hide its own incompetence and recklessness to address more pressing national problems,” she said.
Source: GMA NEWS