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WATCH | A veiled threat, says De Lima of Duterte’s speech
The online news portal of TV5

MANILA, Philippines - Senator Leila de Lima considers as a veiled threat on her life the mention of her name by President Rodrigo Duterte when he talked about the killing of narco-politicians.

“I take it as a veiled threat. Why all of a sudden babanggitin ako tungkol sa patayan (I’m being mentioned when it comes to killing). Is that a subcounscious Freudian slip? Alam ko naman yan (I have known that) I’m always on top of his mind,” De Lima said.

President Duterte in his speech earlier warned mayors in his narco list to resign. Otherwise, they may be killed. 

Though it was not said directly nor alluded to her in the President’s speech, De Lima insisted that the threat on her life was there.

“You just have to read between the lines. The idea that I’m part of the threat or being threatened is there…is very much in existence. The intention is there,” she said.

If something ontoward happens to her, the senator said she is pointing the finger at the President as the mastermind.

“Note my word. If something happens to me, he is the one responsible directly or indirectly. Paulit ulit nila ko dine-demonize (They keep on demonizing me)!” de Lima said.

She intends to tighten her security and may possibly bring up the issue with Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III who had offered to increase her security detail.

At the same time, she took offense at Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II for often calling her drug queen and Public Enemy No. 1.

Next week she plans to file before the Supreme Court a petition for a Writ of Amparo to protect herself against any threats to her life.