In philosophy there is a term called Occam’s Razor which states that the simplest and the most straightforward argument is often the correct one.
President Rody Duterte gave his detractors, particularly the American legislators who insisted that Sen. Leila de Lima is “wrongfully incarcerated” and for which a resolution was issued barring Filipino officials from entering the United States, the bottom line that the Supreme Court (SC) upheld the arrest of De Lima on drug-related charges.
“They were demanding that we release De Lima. Her case went through investigation and her arrest was brought to the Supreme Court to decide whether or not everything was in order. And the Supreme Court said it is,” Rody said.
De Lima marked the third year of her incarceration as a result of the drug trafficking charges.
Rody branded those assailing him and his officials for the arrest, and demanded the unconditional release of De Lima who they claim as being politically persecuted, as stupid.
The former Department of Justice (DoJ) secretary is accused of raising funds for her senatorial campaign in 2016 from the illegal NBP operations.
The yellow liberals, who described themselves as political leaders and human rights defenders, consider De Lima a prisoner of conscience.
Through the yellow mob’s campaign, De Lima was even awarded a “Prize for Freedom” among other outrageous designation as “a leading opposition voice” against Rody.
The strongest proof the attacks on Rody are purely political drama is the SC decision in June 2018 junking the appeal of De Lima to dismiss the drug trafficking case against her and affirmed the validity of her arrest based on charges filed by the DoJ.
The vote was a convincing 9-5 favoring the detention of the senator.
The usual detractors claim that the detention of De Lima was Rody’s way of getting back at her since she was responsible for the investigation of the Davao Death Squad when she was chairman of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) and later on leading in the Senate the investigation of the spate of extra-judicial killings (EJK).
On the contrary, Rody should thank De Lima on both counts since the investigations practically absolved him of misdeeds as alleged, including the so-called EJK.
The CHR ruling under De Lima did not even result in a prosecution while the Senate probe resulted in debunking the supposed vigilante army being ascribed to Rody.
In February 2017, the DoJ panel of prosecutors issued a resolution charging De Lima of three counts of drug trafficking before the Muntinlupa City Regional Trial Court (RTC) in connection with her alleged involvement in the proliferation of illegal drugs at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP).
De Lima was charged for violation of Section 5 (sale and trading of illegal drugs) in relation to Section 3; Section 26 (b), and Section 28 (criminal liability of government officials and employees) of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
The resolution was based on the consolidated criminal complaints filed by the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption, the National Bureau of Investigation, former NBI deputy directors Reynaldo Esmeralda and Ruel Lasala and high-profile Bilibid inmate and self-confessed drug trader Jaybee Sebastian.
The three separate cases accused her of receiving millions from illegal drugs trade in NBP.
The first count included De Lima’s former driver and lover Ronnie Dayan and NBI deputy director Rafael Ragos as her co-accused. De Lima is joined by her nephew Jose Adrian Dera in the second count while the third case included former Bureau of Corrections chief Franklin Bucayu, his alleged bagman Wilfredo Elli, high-profile inmate Jaybee Sebastian and De Lima’s former bodyguard Jonel Sanchez. Dayan and Dera were also among those accused.
Muntinlupa RTC Judge Juanita Guerrero issued the arrest warrant on 23 February 2018, which ordered De Lima’s detention at the Philippine National Police Custodial Center based on the commitment order it has issued. Dayan, meanwhile, was detained at the Muntinlupa City Jail.
The cases were all criminal in nature and involved illegal drugs and nowhere near any instance of being a politically-motivated attack on the Senator as the detractors of Rody claim.
Another plain and unalloyed fact is that the calls for De Lima’s unconditional release is an elaborate propaganda stunt with the ultimate goal of ousting Rody.