MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Amid incessant attacks against her, Senator Leila de Lima said on Tuesday, October 11, that she is set to file a case against no less than President Rodrigo Duterte before the Supreme Court next week.
De Lima said she would file a writ of amparo and writ of habeas data against the President, who has linked her to illegal drugs.
- 1Senator Leila de Lima said she would file a writ of amparo and writ of habeas data against President Rodrigo Duterte, who has linked her to illegal drugs. Full story:
- 2I'm going to file a test case na may pagkakataon po na 'di puwedeng ma-invoke ang presidential immunity from suit
"Even si Pangulong Duterte, kakasuhan ko rin po (I will also file a case against President Duterte)," De Lima told reporters on Tuesday.
While she recognized that the Chief Executive enjoys immunity from suit, De Lima said she would push through with the filing of her complaint to "test" the doctrine.
The embattled senator believes the framers of the doctrine did not intend for such rule to be "abused" by any president, which she had accused Duterte of committing, in her case. (READ: The public trial of Leila de Lima)
"I'm going to file a test case na may pagkakataon po na 'di puwedeng ma-invoke ang presidential immunity from suit. This will be a test case. Kasama sa writ of amparo, habeas data,"
Sa lawak at sobrang sama ng ginagawa sa akin, ito ang pagkakataon matest ang doctrine of presidential immunity. I don’t think 'yung mga nakaisip ng doktrina na iyan could have ever comprehended a situation like this, where there is blatant abuse of power," De Lima Said