Leila De Lima would have the whole world believe she is a political prisoner. With the help of the international media she has taken the heat off herself and placed it squarely on President Duterte. Look at these headlines:
New York Times:
United Press International:
Any mention of the charges against her (involvement in the drug trade) are swept aside as:
De Lima was given much time to answer the charges against her. She faced accuser after accuser in during the senate hearings related to her case. Not a single time did she rebut any of the allegations against her. Each time she faced an accuser she acted the martyr. She twisted her face and hands in a "woe-is-me" posture. Invoking God time and again she said:
'May God forgive you for all your sins, and may God forgive you for all your lies about me,'Continuing to ignore the allegations against her she brought up her own unproven allegations:
She alleged that the portion of Espinosa's affidavit that referred to her was made "under gunpoint, under duress." She said this is why "it's pointless for me to question him on those points."
"And I also feel that it would not be appropriate for me to do so because there would be questions on my objectivity, on my interest because I'm being implicated expressedly as having received that money," De Lima added.http://www.rappler.com/nation/153354-de-lima-kerwin-espinosa-i-forgive-you
She refused to defend herself and instead threw herself upon the mercy of God.
“I trust in God to allow me to overcome all this. In the end the truth will come out and justice will be mine.”
Now, after penning a hand written letter to her family from jail, De Lima would have you believe she is Martin Luther King Jr. Maybe she's right though. Let's take a look.
On April 16, 1963 Dr. King penned his famous "Letter from a Birmingham jail." In this letter he defends himself and his actions during the fight for civil rights.
But more basically, I am in Birmingham because injustice is here. Just as the prophets of the eighth century B.C. left their villages and carried their "thus saith the Lord" far beyond the boundaries of their home towns, and just as the Apostle Paul left his village of Tarsus and carried the gospel of Jesus Christ to the far corners of the Greco Roman world, so am I compelled to carry the gospel of freedom beyond my own home town. Like Paul, I must constantly respond to the Macedonian call for aid.
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
Now compare that to De Lima's "Letter from a Manila jail"
“While I’m psychologically prepared for this, my whole being cries out for truth and justice. My heart also bleeds for all other victims of injustice – those who were also falsely accused and now cramped in severely congested jails,” she said in the letter.
“But God, who is all-knowing and infinitely good and just, will make sure that EVIL will not triumph,” she said.
It's the exact same sentiments!
Here's something else that is that same about Martin Luther King Jr and Leila De Lima: Adultery!
King committed adultery again and again: Ava DuVernay's Oscar-nominated biopic “Selma” depicts King as being unfaithful to his wife, Coretta Scott King. Though the reasons this information is public knowledge isn't ethical -- the FBI wanted to use it to discredit King -- he cheated on Coretta so many times that she was reportedly disillusioned with their marriage.
Senator Leila de Lima has confirmed the long-running rumor that she was once in a romantic relationship with her former driver, Ronnie Dayan.
Asked why she fell in love with a driver like Dayan given her status, De Lima said in an interview with Winnie Monsod, which aired Monday night on GMA, that it was part of her “frailties as a woman.”
There is one difference however. You can't watch Martin Luther King Jr committing adultery. But you can watch Leila De Lima doing it with her driver.