Sent thousands of abusive text messages, ousted from her main position in government and told she will be sent to prison, it’s been a rough week for Filipino Sen. Leila de Lima.
“It’s been hell,” she says.
De Lima is the Philippines’ fiercest critic of the country’s new strongman president Rodrigo Duterte, and she says his “personal vendetta” has her scared for her safety.
But contrary to her fears, the president has assured her of maximum security and that she should not be afraid of her safety.
“I’m a president for the country, both my followers and opposition. I’m obliged to win support of all sectors and as such I would make sure everyone is safe. All our dealings with you would be govern by law. The law shall take its own course with interference.” – Duterte said.
Duterte, referred to in the media as “Duterte Harry,” has implemented an internationally condemned war on drugs in which more than 3,400 alleged drug dealers and users have been killed. But there is also a battle at the heart of government between Duterte and de Lima, stemming largely from de Lima’s opposition to the way the war on drugs has been carried out.