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February 25, 2024 People's Journal 85 views

De Lima: After 7 years of Duterte ‘nightmare,’ PBBM provides ‘democratic space’

AFTER seven years of the authoritarian regime of former President Rodrigo Duterte, former Senator Leila de Lima said the administration of President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has provided a “democratic space” from the Duterte nightmare.

“Under BBM, we are given the opportunity to make use of a democratic space in transition from the authoritarian regime that was Duterte’s,” said De Lima in her speech at the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines (FOCAP) at The Manila Hotel last Thursday.

De Lima was jailed under the term of Duterte as president for being vocal against his bloody anti-drug campaign. Though Duterte was president for only six years, De Lima’s incarceration went on for seven years.

“This is a breathing room from the seven years of nightmare that we thought was all over in 1986 and never to return again. But it did,” De Lima added.

President Marcos Jr., she said, brought back the “normal order” where everyone gets a chance to speak and not fear of the strong arm of the State, just like in Duterte’s nightmare regime.

“For the elite, therefore, Marcos is a blessing. He brought the rent-seeking order back to its favored normal and stable character, where everyone in the system gets a chance to partake,” De Lima said.

De Lima earlier said she is willing to testify before proceedings of the International Criminal Court (ICC) that is investigating charges of crimes against humanity against Duterte for his drug war that left thousands of Filipinos dead in its wake.

Former Senator Antonio “Sonny” Trillanes said the ICC may be issuing warrants of arrest against Duterte and his co-accused in the charges, such as Sen. Bato dela Rosa who was police chief when the extrajudicial killings (EJKs) began.

“Doon sa ICC, ang naipasa sa ating impormasyon, ay natapos na nila ang kailangan nilang gawin dito sa ating bansa. Pero sakaling babalik man yan ay para kumuha pa ng ibang ebidensya para doon sa mga secondary level na iba pang akusado or respondents,” said Trillanes, one of the first persons to file a case against Duterte before the ICC.

“Pero para sa mga pangunahin na respondents, palagay ko kumpleto na o tapos na yun kaya mag-aantay na lang ng warrant of arrest, which may come very, very soon,” he added.

Many of Duterte’s officials were named co-accused in the charges filed before the ICC.

“The way they sounded noong sila ang nakapwesto sa poder, parang forever eh. They didn’t realize na may balik yan. That is how the world works,” Trillanes said. \

Trillanes has criticized Dela Rosa for asking the government to deport ICC investigators.

“Bato has a conflict of interest since he is named as one of the persons in the complaint. Precisely, may conflict of interest ka. Gagamitin mo yung platform mo as a senator to protect yourself,” Trillanes said.

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