De Lima says Duterte's first year is ALL LIES; "Isang taong mga kasinungalingan. Isang taong panggigipit, isang taong pagmumura, pambabastos" #Mema

The "mother of all drug lords" detained Sen. Leila de Lima strikes at President Rodrigo Duterte's first year as the Philippine president.

De Lima discredit Duterte and called his first year as all lies. "Isang taong mga kasinungalingan. Isang taong panggigipit, isang taong pagmumura, pambabastos," she said during her appearance at the Muntinlupa City court over drug-related allegations.

"Isang taon mga pangakong napako lalo na 'yung kasinungalingan, fake cases, lalo na itong mga paratang sa 'kin; fake cases, fake news," she added.

De Lima claimed to be a victim of political persecution and that the President is aiming to pin her down to get back her for her initiative to investigate the alleged Davao Death Squad (DDS).

She also criticized the President's war on drugs, stating despite the blood spill, the country is still the same.

"Makalipas ang isang taon, nasaan na tayo? Nagresulta lang ang inyong ‘War on Drugs’ sa pagpatay at patuloy na pagpatay ng libu-libong Pilipino—karamihan ay mga maralitang walang kalaban-laban, kabilang ang mga inosenteng bata," she said.

"Itigil na ninyo ang mga patayan! Maaaring magpatuloy ang kampanya laban sa droga nang walang EJK at pag-abuso sa karapatang pantao. Ang tugisin ninyo, sa pamamaraan na sang-ayon sa batas, ay 'yung mga tunay at malalaking drug lords at drug dealers at ang mga protektor nila sa pamahalaan, kapulisan at militar," she added.

Meanwhile, De Lima's arraignment was postponed by the Muntinlupa City court on Friday. She was supposed to be arraigned for one of the three drug trading charges relating to production of illegal drugs (shabu) inside the New Bibilid Prison and forced inmates to work for her while she was still the Justice Secretary.

Judge Amelia Fabros-Corpuz of the Muntinlupa City Regional Trial Court Branch 205 rescheduled the arraignment on August 18 in light of the senator's opposition to her arrest.

The arrest order was from Judge Fabros-Corpuz tagging De Lima and her co-accused Jose Adrian Dera alias Jad De Vera. Dera demanded money and vehicles from Peter Co, a high-profile inmate in New Bilibid, that were used for the 2016 senatorial campaign of De Lima.

However, De Lima had repeated insisted that she has no knowledge of such accusations and is innocent of the charges. She plead the court to dismiss the charges on the grounds of lack of jurisdiction and lack of probable cause.

She also claimed that the said charges is the "weakest" among the three filed by the Department of Justice (DOJ).

"My accusers say that Mr. Jose Adrian Dera alias Jad Dera is a nephew and an aide of mine. I do not know him at all. Dera himself already denied any relationship or connection to me whatsoever," De Lima stated on Sunday.

"In the process of the prosecution of my cases, I am optimistic that the handling judges will more and more realize the unreliability of the witnesses against me, as well as the incredibility of their stories. In the end, all of these so-called witnesses will be proven to have been lying all along, or have simply been threatened to falsely testify against me," she added.

Senator Leila de Lima has three criminal charges filed against her.

First case is Criminal Case Number 17-165 which is handled by Branch 204, one count of violation of Section 5 of the Dangerous Drugs Act, which penalizes the "sale, trading, administration, dispensation, delivery, distribution and transportation of illegal drugs."

De Lima allegedly asked money from the New Bilibid inmates ti fund her senatorial bid n 2016.

Second case is the second count of drug trade which is handled by Branch 206 against De Lima; former BuCor chief Franklin Jesus Bucayu; Bucayu’s former staff, Wilfredo Elli; inmate Jaybee Sebastian; Dayan; De Lima’s former security aide, Joenel Sanchez; and a certain Jad de Vera.

The mentioned inmates allegedy forced to produce P70 million in order to provide funds of Senator Leila de Lima's senatorial campaign.

Third case is Criminal Case Number 17-166, handled by Branch 205, is another count of drug trade against De Lima and De Vera.

As in the other two cases, De Lima allegedly extorted money from Co, who was able to produce P30 million and 4 vehicles which were given to De Lima through De Vera. This allegedly happened in March 2016.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) dismissed the drug charges against inmates Herbert Colanggo, Engelbert Durano, Vicente Sy, Jojo Baligad, and Peter Co because "they will be utilized as prosecution witnesses."

Source: GMA