On Tuesday, November 15, PhilStar reported that women rights group Gabriela reacts after Sen. Leila De Lima admitted having a relationship with her former driver and bodyguard, Ronnie Dayan, and described it as “frailties of a woman.”
In a statement released after De Lima admitted she had an affair with Dayan, who is a married man, Gabriela said:
It should not be used—especially by one who holds position of power like Senator Leila de Lima—as an excuse from criminal accountability or to paint herself as a victim.However, De Lima on her part defends herself saying,
My track record as a public official, first as Commission on Human Rights chair and next as secretary of justice, speaks for itself. My record and my reputation have been untarnished until now because of all these unjust, unfair and false allegations and fabricated lies against my alleged involvement in the drug trade. I have made my peace with my past and my family. I don't know if my primary attacker can say the same,” De Lima said in a statement, adding that her mission is to stop the extrajudicial killings and summary executions happening in our country, as well as to address other social issues.READ ALSO: This Is The CONSEQUENCE After De Lima ADMITTED Romantic Relationship With Ex-Driver
I am even more determined in pursuing this goal despite the danger to my life and reputation.