After saying a mouthful of criticism against President Rodrogo Duterte’s recent bold public disclosure of government officials linked to drugs, which included among others members of the judiciary, there now seems to be a deafening silence coming from Sen. Leila de Lima.
I don’t want to think that just because Duterte has already apologized to Supreme Court(SC) CJ Maria Lourdes Sereno, the lady senator, who was a former justice secretary, will not be making a follow through of her negative assessment of Duterte’s pronouncement that agitated her no end.
Note that de Lima’s adverse reaction towards Duterte came also after Sereno questioned Duterte’s seeming interference with the judiciary when the latter ordered the named judges to report to the mother units, which in this case is the SC.
Sereno’s remarks did not sit well with Duterte causing the latter to censure the former and with the veiled threat of declaring martial law if she won’t stop interfering with his executive function. Duterte realize later his mistake and apologized to Sereno for the harsh criticism, which the latter readily accepted.
But that is neither here nor there for what I am writing is about de Lima’s grudge, utter contempt and personal crusade against Duterte seeming inhumanity.
This latest ‘name and shame’ issue appears to have given de Lima additional ground to once again be on the warpath against Duterte.
Or so she thinks she has.
De Lima attacked Duterte’s list as being inaccurate or that it needed a thorough validation and revalidation, and even insinuated that that the latter took advantage of naming a dead person, saying, “A deceased person naturally cannot defend himself.”
But of course all of these imputations were ably clarified by Duterte and much, much more.
In the course of this controversy Duterte announced in no uncertain terms that he was going to divulge and destroy a lady government official one of these days.
“She is a government official. One day soon I will. Bitiwan ko ’yan (I will drop her) in public and I will have to destroy her in public.”
Asked for clues, Duterte said, “That is the riddle there, hintay lang kayo (you just wait).”
Could this be the reason for the deafening silence?
Pardon me, but just asking.