In detention, Sen. Leila de Lima remained as the preferred chief detractor of President Rody Duterte based on the beans being spilled by lawyer Jude Sabio, the estranged lackey of rabble rouser Antonio Trillanes IV.
Sabio recently withdrew the complaint filed against Rody and his war on drugs with the International Criminal Court (ICC), saying that it was a political stunt of the Liberal Party which every Filipino already knew.
He revealed the ICC “crimes against humanity” case was submitted based on the directives of De Lima and Trillanes.
De Lima issued a denial citing as proof her filing of a separate complaint with the ICC.
Sabio also bared that the suspected drug trafficker was also behind the case filed before the Ombudsman against Rody by another Trillanes stooge, Edgar Matobato, in 2016 which De Lima denied but in the same breath admitted that she helped and encouraged him to pursue.
Matobato claimed to be a member of a hit squad that operated in Davao City.
However, the evasive statements of De Lima are inconsistent with the actions taken by his yellow backers who use her as ammunition during major offensives against Rody.
The ICC examination is expected to be a long-drawn process, which the yellow mob hopes to capitalize on for propaganda mileage to salvage political relevance.
The minority yellow senators once petitioned the Supreme Court to allow De Lima to argue the plea to invalidate Rody’s order for the Philippines’ withdrawal from the Rome Statute that created the ICC. She was even named as lead counsel of the senators in the SC plea.
On 15 March 2018, the government notified the United Nations secretary general that the Philippines was withdrawing from the Rome Statute, which it ratified in 2011.
Two petitions were filed seeking to void the government’s withdrawal from the Rome Statute.
One petition was filed by then opposition Senators Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan, Franklin Drilon, Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino, De Lima, Risa Hontiveros and Trillanes, while the other was filed by a group who campaigned for the country’s accession to the statute.
De Lima had issued critiques on Rody through her daily dispatches from Camp Crame, which were identical with the arguments in the complaint filed with the ICC.
Government counsels, however, had indicated that the ICC was intruding as a result of the preliminary examination, since the information that apparently was fabricated by De Lima and Trillanes was already the subject of proceedings from fully functioning courts.
“The Philippine justice system functions independently with or without membership in the ICC. Hence, the withdrawal of the Philippines from the Rome Statute has no effect on our justice system,” Solicitor General Jose Calida had said.
He added, “The investigation and prosecution of drug-related deaths, incidents, and/or offenses are ongoing in the country,” including those that involve De Lima.
“All these facts show that the government is not unwilling or unable to prosecute these crimes, despite what administration critics say,” Calida said.
The Solicitor General explained that the Philippines cannot be “coerced to submit to the jurisdiction of the ICC” as the country had “validly withdrawn from the Rome Statute pursuant to Article 127 thereof.”
De Lima, in contrast, had depended entirely on foreign meddling to spring her out of prison and deny accountability of her involvement in the narcotics trade.