Published December 14, 2016 2:11pm
By KATHRINA CHARMAINE ALVAREZ, GMA News
Senator Richard Gordon on Wednesday downplayed the award received by Senator Leila de Lima for being one of the “leading global thinkers” for 2016, saying she was just “fishing” to “gain credibility.”
In an interview with reporters, Gordon even said that the government of the United States, where De Lima received her award, may be behind it.
“Baka naman nakikialam na Amerikano dito dahil galit sila sa nangyayari. Alam mo we should not allow other countries to intervene,” he said.
“They can comment, pero katulad n'yan nag-iimbestiga, bibigyan mo ng award, talagang nagfi-fish ka ng award to gain credibility,” Gordon added.
He said he was familiar with such ploy.
“Alam ko naman yung laro na 'yan. Kung ako abogado ni De Lima, ganun din gagawin ko eh. Bibigyan ko siya ng recognition abroad,” Gordon said.
“Eh sino ba yun? Ngayon ko lang narinig yun eh,” he said.
Senators Gordon and De Lima have been at odds over the investigation on incidents of extrajudicial killings committed amid the Duterte administration’s war on drugs.
De Lima, former chairperson of the Commission on Human Rights and former justice secretary, is honored “for standing up to an extremist leader” as one of the 13 global thinkers in the “Challengers” category under the 100 leading global thinkers for this year.
“Since taking office in June, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has waged a brutal war on drugs. Thousands of alleged traffickers, dealers, and users have been executed by state forces or pro-government vigilantes,” the citation said.
Among the FP’s 100 Leading Global Thinkers for 2016 are individuals and organizations that have championed worthy causes.
They include former US State Department Hillary Clinton, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon. —ALG, GMA News