Senator Leila de Lima on Thursday slammed the remarks of President Rodrigo Duterte that the evidence against her were provided not only by local intelligence but also foreign intelligence units.
In a handwritten statement, the senator said, "Foreign intel?? It might as well be an intel from the planet Mars or Jupiter."
"I highly doubt whether there's such a US intel. If there is, there must be a spurious one, or based from a highly dubious or polluted source or sources," she wrote.
At present, De Lima is detained at the PNP Custodial Center on drug-related charges.
Dinner with senators
During an intimate dinner with members of the Senate majority block, Duterte mentioned that the pieces of evidence against De Lima were "international intelligence-supplied."
Duterte, however, did not share what country the supposed intelligence information came from.
It was Sen. JV Ejercito who disclosed to the media what they discussed with Duterte over dinner Tuesday.
"Pabiro siguro, kaunti, malayo ako eh…He’s saying na ‘yung mga evidence against her parang international intelligence-supplied. It’s not only the local na nagsu-supply ng intel report against De Lima," Ejercito said.
"In-explain lang niya na kumbaga, hindi trumped up charges ... na there is basis for filing those charges kasi intel nga niya is international intelligence," he added.
But De Lima reiterated that she has absolutely nothing to do with the illegal drug trade inside the New Bilibid Prison.
"I demand that the details of such so-called US intel, if there is one, be made public so I can confront them," De Lima said.
"Malaking kalokohan na naman po ito! Another big lie! Incessant black propaganda..." she added.
"May I assure my gullibe colleagues in the Senate and our people that I have absolutely nothing to do with the illegal drug trade," she said. — Anna Felicia Bajo and Kathrina Charmaine Alvarez/RSJ, GMA News