The neophyte senator accused President Rodrigo Duterte of "abusing and misusing" his executive power through personal "attacks" against her.
"This is no less than abuse and misuse of executive power," De Lima told reporters, adding that the 1987 Constitution had not intended such power to be abused.
"If this is his way of stopping the Senate, he can try until he finally silences me or the Senate," said De Lima.
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De Lima made the pronouncement a day after Duterte, during his remarks at the Philippine National Police (PNP)’s 115th service anniversary in Camp Crame, said a senator complaining of the administration's anti-drug campaign was "politicking" and "posturing" when she herself is "immoral" by allegedly being the lover of her driver.
De Lima focused on that it is so hard to protect herself from the President, particularly since he is invulnerable from suit and "has all the backing of executive power to bolster him in his own assault."
De Lima guaranteed the President that her Senate request on drug related executions would be reasonable and just.
"Tama na po ang pananakot at panghihiya. Bumalik na po tayo sa kaayusan na dulot ng pag-iiral ng batas at simpleng respeto sa kapwa tao... I am not the enemy here. Stop portraying me as one," she ended.
Source: GMA News
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