Before President Duterte came up to the podium to deliver his first SONA, he was seen taking a step back and greeted one of his biggest critics, Senator Leila De Lima.
“Siyempre nagulat ako… ‘di ko naman siya napansin na talagang halos tumitingin. Medyo sumulyap lang,” De Limat told reporters. “And then I didn’t know also how to show my face so ngumiti na lang ako nang konti and then lumagpas na nga siya nang kaunti. Bumalik (siua) at he extended his hand.”
She said she could only muster a simple, “Hi, sir,” upon the surprising gesture of the President.
“Nag-make face siya. Childish smirk. Kasama lang yan sa kapilyuhan niya, sabi ng mga fellow Bedans pilyo talaga yan noon pa,” the senator said.
That was only the third time that they met, and the first two were when they were not on good terms. For the senator, it was merely a “warm, friendly” gesture that served as a kind of ice breaker for the two of them.
“He tried to dispel some notion that we are ‘mortal enemies’,” she said.
According to her, it’s a sign that there is no personal feud between them, as she was just doing her job. “I think he just also wants to show the people na kahit nagkakadiprensya kami on certain issues, as a matter of principle also, I have my own belief, I have my own advocacies, he has his own principles, beliefs, and advocacies for governance pero walang personalan.”
She vowed to continue her new role as a lawmaker and as ‘fiscalizer’, she is closely looking into continuing the Senate investigation of the spate of drug killings in the country. | ASCS - FNPH
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