MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday assured the safety of Sen. Leila de Lima in Camp Crame.
“I assure that she is safe. I think people are interested not to see her dead but to see her in prison for what she did,” the President said during an ambush interview in Malacañang.
De Lima is detained at the Philippine National Police (PNP) Custodial Center after a Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court issued an arrest warrant over one of the three drug-related cases filed against her.
Duterte said the embattled senator is “100 percent safe” at the detention center amidst concern coming from De Lima’s camp over her safety.
On De Lima’s case itself, the President declined to comment, saying that it is already up to the courts to decide on the matter.
“I would not want to comment on that because I think a case has been filed, a warrant has been issued. I would not want to violate the standard operating procedures in court. You are not supposed to be giving your opinion while the case is pending,” he said.
“The court has taken jurisdiction. It is already the property of the court by virtue of a warrant,” Duterte said.
Meanwhile, the President assured his critics that unless they are involved in drugs, they have nothing to fear.
“Unless you are involved in drugs, you should be. You’re a critic of what? Of the drug campaign and you are — yourself into drugs? You should be afraid,” Duterte said. Cielito Reganit/PNA-northboundasia.com