De Lima walks out after Cayetano slams her as ‘The Destroyer’
Senator Leila de Lima has walked out of the Senate session hall Monday (Sept. 19) after Senator Alan Peter Cayetano accused her in a privilege speech of damaging the country’s reputation by trying to tarnish President Rodrigo Duterte’s reputation.
De Lima stormed out of the plenary when Cayetano said: “May I respectfully assert that Senator De Lima, in her desire to destroy the President, is destroying the reputation and integrity of the Senate and worse, damaging the image of the country and the people worldwide.” “I can’t stand it,”
De Lima told reporters in a huff after she left the session hall. “I will deliver my own privilege speech tomorrow,” she added. De Lima has been leading the Senate justice committee’s investigation on drug-related killings.
The probe, however, took a different turn last Sept. 15 when she presented a self-confessed hitman who claims to have killed several people on Duterte’s orders when he was Davao City mayor. Cayetano said De Lima is not really interested to probe the extrajudicial killings that were supposedly happening under the Duterte administration, but instead wanted to go after the President for the atrocities he allegedly committed in his own turf.