Philippines: Senator asks top court to stop attacks from Rodrigo Duterte

Leila de Lima says the petition she filed seeks to stop Duterte and his men from gathering information about her private life and disclosing it publicly.

By: AP | Manila | Published:November 7, 2016 1:59 pm

A Philippine senator who President Rodrigo Duterte has linked to the illegal drug trade and described as a “dirty woman” for her alleged affair with her driver has asked the Supreme Court to stop the attacks.

Sen. Leila de Lima says the petition she filed Monday seeks to stop Duterte and his men from gathering information about her private life and disclosing it publicly, adding that the allegedly illegally obtained information should be destroyed. The petition is a test case because it challenges Duterte’s immunity from lawsuits.

De Lima says she also asked that Duterte be compelled to identify the “foreign country” he said helped him to “listen” to de Lima’s communications.

De Lima has long raised alarm over Duterte’s brutal crackdown against drugs, earning Duterte’s wrath.