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Senator Leila de Lima has filed a writ of habeas data petition against President Rodrigo Duterte, but Malacanang dismissed the filed case. De Lima filed a case against accusing Duterte over his harassment and threats she received from the President.

According to Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella saying that, "Senator Leila de Lima is apparently playing the gender card as a shield against mounting evidence of her ties with high-profile drug lords and the proliferation of drug trade in the Bilibid," "By portraying herself as a victim she seeks to distance herself from the intimate relationships which were also intertwined with drug trafficking while she was DOJ (Department of Justice) secretary," Abella said.

Meanwhile, the Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo gave his opinion saying that Senator De Lima’s complaint does not have a basis. "The complaint is she's being harassed. She's not being harassed.... Moreover, the president is immune from suit but even if he is not, the petition has no basis in fact nor in law," Panelo said.

[Source: philstar.com]

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