Destroying De Lima? Viral Facebook post says senator on 'trial by publicity'

MANILA, Philippines – Amid the buildup of allegations against Senator Leila De Lima, a netizen has pointed out six reasons wherein she claims that the former Justice Secretary is on “trial by publicity.”

Posted last September 21, Facebook user “Lyn Dimaano” shared online her reasons as to why not be swayed on the accusations against De Lima.

Viral Facebook post says Senator on "Trial by Publicity"

This is after her friend, who is anxious on recent Congressional probe on National Bilibid Prison (NBP) drug trade is starting to believe on witnesses claims against the senator.The NBP is the Philippines' national penitentiary in Muntinlupa, Metro Manila.


The six reasons on Dimaano’s post argue about the alleged money from the illegal drug trade found in 19 bank receipts showing deposits of P88.5 million owned by the senator’s former DOJ employees.

Here are some of the key points:

First, Dimaano questioned if the said issue is true, a court lawsuit should be initially done, as stated: “Basta may matibay na ebidensya, idemanda mo. Di naman gagastos si Aguirre, kasi gobyerno ang kinakatawan niya. Di niya kailangan ang abugadong pribado. DOJ Chief siya! Sus!” (If there’s a strong evidence, sue her! Aguirre (Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre) wouldn’t spend anything because he represents the government. He doesn’t need a private attorney. He’s the DOJ Chief!)

She also questioned with all the strong evidences, why was it presented in the Congress wherein media is covering the hearing? Dimaano claims that there’s a “propaganda value” involved, arguing that once a lawsuit is presented in the court, the public cannot discuss it.

On the fourth argument, Dimaano also stressed out if a congressman can impeach a senator, which in the Philippine government is not possible.

She further expounded: “Pwede bang idemanda si De5 sa korte? Oo, dahil wala siyang immunity from suit.” (Can De5 (De Lima) be sued in court? Yes, because she doesn’t have immunity from lawsuit.)

Dimaano ended her post that obtaining another’s banking information without court order is not possible.

She concluded her post: “It is meant to destroy the one brave soul na openly lumalaban kay PDuts - si De5. Trial by publicity. Ulitin nang ulitin ang paratang hanggang akalain ng masa na totoo. Yung masa, pero hindi ako.” (It is meant to destroy the one brave soul that openly argues to PDuts (President Duterte) – De5 (De Lima). Trial by publicity. Pressing it on repeatedly until the public believes it’s true. Do it to the public but not me.)

Dimaano post De Lima

Dimaano’s post immediately went viral amassing more than 7,000 likes and was shared by over 4,000 times as of press time.

Last week, after being ousted as the chair of the Senate Justice Committee, testimonies against De Lima surfaced with convicted crime leader Herbert Colanggo and other high profile inmates divulved in the live congressional probe. Colanggo claimed that he gave monthly “payola” of P3 million to the senator.

READ: Colanggo reveals De Lima received P3 million monthly payola

Did her viral Facebook post persuade you? What are your thoughts on the accusations against Senator Leila De Lima?

--Mae Tuazon, The Summit Express

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