Manila, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – Philippine Department of Justice Secretary (DOJ) Secretary Leila de Lima is facing the toughest times of her career as a public official.
As DOJ secretary, she is heading up the investigation of the 10 Billion-peso pork barrel scam that has implicated senators, congressmen, administration officials, the Catholic Church and even her own department. The scam involved an elaborate scheme to siphon taxpayer funds into phony nongovernmental organizations and projects as well as into the pockets of government officials.
But she is also facing a tough confirmation process before the Commission on Appointments.
Among many others, the president of the Whistleblowers Association of the Philippines, Sandra Cam, is opposing de Lima’s confirmation as DOJ secretary. Cam has accused de Lima of engaging in “illicit affairs” and claims to have a video tape of de Lima having sex with men, including her personal driver. While de Lima’s marriage has been annulled, Cam says that the secretary’s affairs involved married men. Cam has not publicly released the alleged videotape.
In countering the allegations, de Lima questioned the motives and credibility of Cam, saying that the whistleblower must be harboring lots of lice in her head. Asked by reporters if she meant “lies,” de Lima made it clear she meant “lice,” adding that Cam is just jealous because she can’t get men to have sex with her because of her head lice. “I mean, come on, who would ever want to have sex with a woman with lice,” de Lima said.
Already, many netizens are calling this rivalry between the two women “the battle of the gross!”