Senator Leila De Lima on Tuesday night was disappointed after her cellular phone being made public during the House Committee on Justice's hearing on the alleged proliferation of illegal drugs inside the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) under her watch as Department of Justice (DOJ) secretary.
Sen. De Lima said that as of 8 p.m. on Tuesday, she had received almost 2,000 text messages and phone calls from unknown persons threatening and harassing her.
In a statement posted on Sen. Leila de Lima's Facebook page, it said:
I have no adequate words to express my utter dismay about the lack of foresight and/or utter lack of sheer humanity displayed today during what I can only describe as a blatant exercise in harassment and persecution that is the so-called House of Representatives “inquiry”. I condemn and vehemently protest the sheer indecency and foulness of allowing my cellphone number and home address to be publicly disclosed. They have victimized me over and over again, and just when I thought I could not feel more betrayed, they have once again proven that I have underestimated their audacity and evilness.
As of 8:00 p.m. tonight, I have been bombarded by text messages, numbering almost 2,000, and phone calls from unknown persons, threatening me, harassing me, calling me the vilest of names.
They have basically destroyed my right to privacy and security in my communications and in my abode. I am now literally a persecuted person displaced from my home. Worse, they have turned people into weapons of destruction. After Herbert Colangco This is the country that we live in today. We shame ourselves before our countrymen and the world that we dare compare ourselves to Singapore in terms of making people feel safe.Witness and convict Herbert Colangco mentioned that he has the contact number of Sen. Leila de Lima and said that he was able to speak with her via phone call, one of the representatives asked if they can call right away the said number to confirm its validity.
What the people have to realize is that this is not just an offense against me, but against everyone. They are making me into an example of what will happen to those who dare criticize and call out the abuses of those in power. Who would dare stand up for others now? The real victim here is the people, the oppressed.
God save us all.
Cong. Gwen Garcia then took the floor to say that she tried to dial the number mentioned by Colangco and found out that number was registered to Sen. De Lima.
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