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Saan ka kumukuha ng kapal ng mukha? De Lima calls Calida Duterte’s ‘goon’, ‘crook’

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“Sobrang kapal ka na Calida. Ikaw na ang magnanakaw, ikaw pa ang mayabang.”

Senator Leila de Lima went on all out in pouring vitriol on Solicitor General Jose Calida for his latesmove to muzzle a vocal critic of President Rodrigo Duterte through legal sleight of hand.

De Lima is claiming that Calida initiated President Rodrigo Duterte’s Proclamation 572 – which declared void ab initio Trillanes’ 2011 amnesty – as payback for rillanes’ probe on Calida’s creeping monopoly of security contracts with state agencies.

Calling it a “most abhorrent case of a conflict of interest”, She said Calida wanted to arrest Trillanes to stop the senator from investigating his conflict of interest of entering into multi-million peso government contracts.

“Not only has Calida managed to become the administration’s ‘legal goon’, as one noted columnist puts it, he has also become its proudest crook, unashamed of his thievery in broad daylight and confident in his impunity. He has definitely outclassed everyone else in government to become the role model of corruption in the Duterte administration, said de Lima in a statement.

“Only the role model of corruption can be indignant about being called a thief while at the same time declaring that it is his right to corner government contracts. He even petitioned the Supreme Court to declare that he is beyond investigation and that his government contracts are beyond public scrutiny. The government’s head lawyer fancies himself to be immune from the Republic’s laws,” she added.

“It was almost impossible to imagine such shameless display of corruption in government, even basing on Philippine standards. Until, that is, Jose Calida came along. One can only wonder from what dark bowels of the earth creatures like him were spawned,” she added.

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