Fact? Sen. De Lima worked hard in eradicating illegal drugs inside the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) during her term as justice secretary.
The spliced version of De Lima’s privilege speech at the Senate about extrajudicial killings on Aug. 2, 2016, which was first posted by Pinoy Republic on Facebook last Aug. 8, 2016, gained traction and popularity anew this year 2019 after pro-administration pages and personalities shared and reposted it online.
It was even accompanied by a misleading and false caption that partly read: “Umamin na ang De Lima na isa siyang protector ng droga.”
The spliced video implies, among others, that De Lima supposedly admitted to being a protector of Bilibid drug lords even though she mentioned in her original speech that “I was the only Justice Secretary since the 1986 EDSA Revolution who dared to eradicate the dominion of the drug lords inside Bilibid.”
The video also falsely implied that she already relinquished her post as a senator when she actually said otherwise in her speech, where she clearly stated that “I will not surrender my mandate as a Senator of the Republic to these unelected and unaccountable personalities.”
Watch the original video here of her speech here:
Sen. De Lima remains detained on trumped-up drug charges from more than two years now but she continues to speak up on burning national issues, including the failure of Mr. Duterte to solve the worsening drug menace in the country.