President Duterte on Wednesday, Aug. 17 accused De Lima of “politcal posturing” and even called her an “immoral woman”. Duterte also said that De Lima is having an affair with her driver and is the one collecting drug money to fund her campaign.
Chief Presidential legal counsel Salvador Panelo on Thursday said President Duterte’s attack on De Lima was part of his “report to the people on the state of the nation.”
“The question that the good senator should respond to is: Is the information given by President Duterte on her true or not? In her press conference she called she did not deny nor refute the information. Character assassination predicates the adverse information on the conduct of a person as being false,” Panelo said in a statement.
De Lima was emotinal and in tears when interviewed. She said President Duterte’s attack as abuse and misuse of power.
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