Sen. Leila de Lima denies Napoles’ allegation of extortion

UNTV News   •   March 7, 2017   •   3755

In response to that report, Senator de Lima, in a statement, denies Janet Napoles’ allegation and described her as a “polluted source” and “pathological liar.”

De Lima says Napoles has the propensity to lie, being the mastermind of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam or pork barrel scam that funneled billions of public funds to the pockets of legislators and executive officials.

De Lima also calls Napoles a liar and will continue to lie and say anything to save herself and keep the money she stole from the government.

De Lima’s lawyer Alexander Padilla also questioned the timing of Napoles’ statement and accused her of forging a deal with the Duterte administration. — UNTV News & Rescue

SEN. LEILA M. DE LIMA’S STATEMENT ON PORK BARREL SCAM MASTERMIND JANET NAPOLES’ CLAIMS OF ALLEGED P8-M EXTORTION (6 March 2017)

Not everything that comes from a polluted source, especially a convicted criminal serving a prison sentence, with nothing to lose and who will do anything to get out of prison, is worth reacting to. Napoles’ allegation that I extorted, or attempted to extort, money from her is one of them.

Napoles has the propensity to lie, being the mastermind of the PDAF Scam that funnelled billions of public funds to the pockets of legislators and executive officials. When asked who among the senators and congressmen were her clients, she asked it depends on whom we wanted implicated. That is when I knew that Napoles is a liar and will lie and say anything to save herself and keep the money she stole from the government. That is when we decided that she will never be a credible witness because of her eager willingness to fabricate her testimony and implicate politicians in order to please government handlers. I refused to be her handler because she is a criminal, convicted for kidnapping and charged with plunder, and because she is a pathological liar.

I will not be surprised if her present government handlers are now telling her what to say and who to implicate in exchange for her liberty which has already been promised her by the Solicitor General. END.

WATCH:  Napoles accuses De Lima of extortion over serious illegal detention case

De Lima seeks reelection in 2022 polls

Robie de Guzman   •   October 8, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Detained Senator Leila De Lima has filed her certificate of candidacy (COC), through an authorized representative, for her reelection bid in the 2022 elections.

De Lima’s spokesperson, Atty. Dino de Leon, filed her COC on Friday on her behalf.

In seeking reelection, De Lima said she wants to restore justice in the next administration and vowed to demand an accounting of President Rodrigo Duterte’s unfulfilled campaign promises.

De Lima, a staunch critic of the Duterte administration, has been in detention since 2017 at the Philippine National Police Custodial Center at Camp Crame for her alleged involvement in the narcotics trade.

She has repeatedly denied the drug-related charges against her.

Prior to being elected as senator in 2016, she served as chairperson of the Commission on Human Rights and secretary of the Department of Justice.

Kiko Pangilinan, Leila de Lima, Bam Aquino lead LP Senate bets for 2022 polls

Robie de Guzman   •   September 28, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Liberal Party (LP) on Tuesday announced the nominations of Senators Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan and Leila de Lima, as well as former Senator Bam Aquino, as its senatorial candidates for the 2022 elections.

In a statement, the LP said the formal nomination of Pangilinan, de Lima, and Aquino happened during the party’s virtual National Executive Council Meeting.

Aquino has yet to announce his plans for the upcoming polls.

The gathering was attended by LP party chairperson and Vice President Leni Robredo, Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon, Quezon City Representative Christopher “Kit” Belmonte, and former lawmakers Teddy Baguilat and Erin Tañada, among others.

The LP said it also passed a resolution endorsing Senator Risa Hontiveros and Atty. Chel Diokno as part of its initial list of guest senatorial candidates, for being aligned with the party’s principles.

The former ruling party also passed another resolution granting Robredo full authority and discretion in initiating talks and coming up with agreements, as well as identifying and assembling a united national slate of candidates for president, vice president and senators, “while respecting her preference on the elective position she may decide to run for, if any, with the full support by the Party as a whole.”

Robredo has yet to announce her plans for the 2022 elections.

The period for the filing of candidacy will be from October 1 to 8.

De Lima slams Duterte for digging up COA findings on DOJ, DILG under Aquino admin

Robie de Guzman   •   August 25, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Senator Leila de Lima on Wednesday clapped back at President Rodrigo Duterte for bringing up old Commission on Audit (COA) reports on the supposed unliquidated funds of agencies that she and former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas respectively handled during the previous administration.

“For someone who cannot even publicly disclose and release his own SALN, Duterte’s accusation against me and Sec. Mar Roxas regarding COA’s past reports on our agencies is just plain rich in irony and hypocrisy,” De Lima said in a statement.

De Lima served as Justice secretary while Roxas led the Department of the Interior and Local Government during the time of the late President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III.

During a public address on Tuesday night, Duterte mentioned De Lima and Roxas who were also reported by COA to have unliquidated cash advance and fund transfers in their respective agencies in 2013 and 2014.

But De Lima said Duterte’s act of raising the issue is “a clear case of misdirection.”

“I challenge Duterte to file cases with the Ombudsman arising from those COA reports. He cannot, because those accounts have long been settled and closed. The COA knows that,” she said.

She also said that neither of them threatened COA for releasing audit reports and that other Cabinet members  of the Aquino administration “always took COA reports seriously, corrected whatever deficiencies were identified in those reports, and acted accordingly to comply with COA recommendations.”

“Hindi kami katulad ng mga ilang tao sa gobyerno ni Duterte na magngangangawngaw sa telebisyon, at lalong hindi katulad ni PNoy si Duterte na pagbabantaan ang COA dahil lamang ginawa nito ang trabaho nila,” she said.

“Walang nagsisigaw sa aming dalawa sa telebisyon na winarak kami ng COA,” she said in an apparent swipe at Health Secretary Francisco Duque III.

COA called out the Department of Health under Duque over alleged deficiencies in the use of its funds for COVID-19 response.

De Lima, a vocal critic of President Rodrigo Duterte, is currently detained over drug-related charges.

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