Pacquiao says remarks on De Lima case carry no weight

Pacquiao says remarks on De Lima case carry no weight

MANILA, Philippines — Presidential bet Manny Pacquiao on Thursday said that his opinions on the case of detained Senator Leila De Lima were worthless and that only the court could determine her guilt or innocence.

“Ako wala naman akong personal sa aking kasama si Senator Leila De Lima. Ang gusto ko nga mapabilis ang trial, kawawa naman siya kung hindi totoo ang mga paratang sa kanya. eh matagal na siya sa kulungan,” the senator said in a statement.ADVERTISEMENT

(I have nothing personal against my colleague Senator Leila De Lima. What I really want is to speed up the trial, it is unfortunate if the allegations against her are not true. She’s been in jail for a long time.)

“Talking about evidence, hindi natin kailangan pakialaman kasi ang mga abugado ang nakakaalam niyan. Gusto ko ipa-expedite na lang trial. Kasi kung hindi talaga totoo, eh ilan taon na ang binuno niya sa kulungan,”  he added.

(Talking about evidence, we don’t need to interfere because it’s the lawyers who know things about that. I just want to expedite the trial. Because if it’s not really true, she’s been in prison for several years.)

During the second presidential debate hosted by the Commission on Elections last April 3, Pacquiao claimed that he was able to talk to de Lima’s former driver and bodyguard Ronnie Dayan, who allegedly told him about transporting drug money.

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