De Lima: Handshake with Duterte shows 'walang personalan' despite criticisms

Senator Leila de Lima believes President Rodrigo Duterte tried to dispel rumors how they were mortal enemies as soon as the latter approached and shook her hand on his method to the podium to deliver his first State in the Nation Address. “I go on it (his gesture) positively, within the sense na it may be a warm, friendly gesture, kind of an icebreaker. He attempted to dispel some notion that we're mortal enemies,” De Lima told reporters.

She noted that amid their exchange of words within the previous about Duterte’s alleged connection with all the Davao Death Squad and human rights violations, this lady has never criticized the former mayor with a private level. “Sa aking panig, alam ko naman na hindi ko sya pinepersonal at in no way ko syang pinepersonal. So siguro ganun din sya. With that gesture, he was in a position to indicate also na hindi nya ako pine-personal kahit na hindi kami nagkakasundo sa ilang mga seryosong bagay,” she mentioned. De Lima believed the President recognizes that the girl with just carrying out her job.

“I think we just also desired to show for the individuals na kahit na nagkaka diperensya kami on specific concerns, it’s dependent on principle also, I've my own beliefs, I have my personal advocacies, they have his own principles, beliefs, and advocacies for governance pero walang personalan,” she mentioned.

The senator mentioned some of their schoolmates have expressed concern of these perceived rift. Duterte and De Lima are each alumni of San Beda College of Law.

“There are some schoolmates that type of expressed specific concern, bakit daw pareho kaming Bedans and but ang tingin sa amin ay talagang magkaaway kami. HoweverHowever , these fellow Bedans know that we’re truly not that.” she mentioned. “Ganun lang, yun lang ang nagiging impression ng karamihan na I’m supposed to become his nemesis, and then that’s it na sobra kaming magkaaway, That’s the widespread impression however the fellow Bedans know that that’s incorrect,” she added


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