LOOK out, “Punisher.” Here comes the “Fiscalizer.”
She has long kept a watchful eye on the former Davao City mayor’s campaign against crime, and Sen. Leila de Lima is not about to let her guard down now that she is in the legislature and he has become President Duterte.
De Lima, former justice secretary and human rights chief, on Saturday vowed to remain vigilant as the Duterte administration pursues what is shaping up to be a bloody war against crime and drugs, saying she will be the protector of civil liberties in case of law enforcement excesses.
“I see myself primarily as a fiscalizer when it comes to the anticrime thrust of this administration. I know that this campaign of the administration resonates among a lot of our people as it is truly laudable, but we must be constantly reminded that this should not be done at the expense of our civil liberties,” De Lima said
She started the ball rolling on Thursday when she called for a congressional inquiry into the spate of drug killings and vigilante-style slayings amid Mr. Duterte’s war on drugs. The death toll has exceeded 100 since the President took office on June 30.
At least two senators—Antonio Trillanes IV and Francis Pangilinan—have expressed their intent to participate in the investigation.