Senator Leila de Lima told her staff not to cry for her when the government would finally put the cuffs on her and haul her to jail over her alleged links to illegal drugs.
In an interview at the Senate on Tuesday, February 14, de Lima assured her staff that she had prepared a luggage containing books and comfortable clothes. When in jail, she said, she would have more time to read.
“Dito sa office sinabi ko na rin sa kanila, I want everyone to be prepared and if that happens, ayoko makakita ng umiiyak. Sabi nila: ‘Di naman siguro bawal umiyak?’”
(Here in the office I also told them that I want everyone to be prepared and if that happens, I don’t want to see them cry. They said: ‘Crying isn’t prohibited, isn’t it?'”)
De Lima said that her impending arrest may take effect within the week but it would not be on Valentine’s Day.
“Siguro ‘di nila gagawin ngayon, that would be their Valentine’s gift. It would be too cruel on their part to do it today,” she said.
(Maybe, they wouldn’t enforce the arrest now, that would be their Valentine’s gift. It will be too cruel on their part to do it today.)
De Lima said she also gathered members of her family to prepare them for an “imminent” arrest.
She told her family that if a temporary restraining order (TRO) would not prevent the arrest, she wanted them to be “psychologically prepared”.
“Kung hindi maagapan ng TRO, prepare yourself for this scenario, syempre malungkot sila, I want them to be psychologically prepared,” she said.
(If the TRO won’t stop the arrest, I told them to prepare for this scenario. Of course they were sad. I want them to be psychologically prepared.)
The senator said that while she would not seek special treatment, she admitted that she would not feel safe in a regular facility as well.
“Basta ba siguraduhin nila it’s a safe and secure area”.
(As long as it is a safe and secure area.)
De Lima assured authorities that she would not run away from the impending arrest even if she was “morally and psychologically resisting”.
“Wala naman akong magagawa, I cannot physically resist, but I am morally and psychologically resisting, what can I do, hindi ako tatakas, hindi ako magtatago, hindi ako magpupunta sa hospital, hindi ako mag wheelchair, neckbrace, wala akong gagawin na ganung istilo”.
(I cannot do anything . . I won’t escape, hide, go to the hospital, use a wheelchair, neck brace. I won’t resort to those styles.)
De Lima has been accused by the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC), the National Bureau of Investigations (NBI), and former NBI officials for her alleged involvement in the drug trade inside the New Bilibid Prison (NBP).