MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Three criminal cases have just been filed by the Department of Justice against Senator Leila De Lima for her alleged involvement in the illegal drug trade inside the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP).
Anticipating her arrest shortly, the feisty senator declared in a news conference that she is not guilty of any of the charges and that she will not escape, hide, ask for hospital arrest or request for a wheelchair or wear a neck brace (similar to that of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo before her release from hospital arrest.)
Now a fake news item on social media claims that De Lima is suffering from asthma and that, according to her doctor, she won’t be able to endure conditions in an enclosed jail cell.
The senator categorically denied that she was suffering from the common lung condition that causes occasional breathing difficulties.
“I’m in perfect health,” she declared.
“Besides, if I had asthma or can’t endure conditions in enclosed places, how then was I able to endure hours on end inside the kubols of certain inmates at NBP?” She was referring to allegations that as Justice Secretary during the previous administration, she was often seen spending a lot of time inside the jail cells of convicted drug lords at NBP.)
The Adobo Chronicles is inclined to believe her.