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Leni calls House probe ‘harassment’

Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” G. Robredo yesterday expressed dismay over the conduct of the investigation at the House of Representatives on the alleged illegal drug trade at the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City.

Robredo, who attended the kick-off activity of the 18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City, said that the probe attended by Ronnie Dayan – the former aide and lover of Sen. Leila M. de Lima – was disappointing because of the line of questioning by some congressmen.

A staunch advocate of women’s rights, Robredo said the investigation was nothing but mere “slut shaming” and that the focus on the Dayan-De Lima relationship – instead of the case being investigated – was a form of “harassment.”

“Ako sa tingin ko it’s a form of harassment…kung susundan natin ‘yung mga tanong na itinatanong, walang relevance sa kaso, sa investigation being conducted at parang ang nangyari talaga slut shaming, pambabastos talaga,” Robredo said during a sideline interview.

“May mga nadaanan akong questions na hindi ko nakikita ’yung relevance niya sa kaso,” Robredo said.

She noted that while the lives of public officials are like “open books,” there should still be limitations when it comes to certain issues. (Merlina Hernando-Malipot)