De Lima offered slot in Liberal Party Senate slate


Justice Secretary Leila de Lima

The ruling Liberal Party has this early offered a slot in its Senate ticket for 2013 to media-savvy Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, but she has yet to make a decision to go for it.

In a speech at the Philippine Business Conference Thursday, Transportation and Communications Secretary Manuel Roxas II, president of the party, publicly extended an invitation to De Lima to be one of the LP’s candidates for a Senate seat.

“We are inviting Secretary De Lima to join the Liberal Party senatorial slate in 2013, but she has not accepted yet,” he said.

The invitation caught her by surprise, De Lima said.

Roxas told reporters in a press conference after the speech that the party was “actively courting her, although she’s made it clear that she remains focused on her job.” He added, “We all are.”

De Lima, who served as head of the Commission on Human Rights under the Arroyo administration, was an integral part of President Benigno Aquino III’s good governance agenda, Roxas said.

He disclosed that party officials were currently trying to persuade De Lima to run under the LP banner by telling her that “helping in legislation could be the best way to contribute” to institutionalizing the reforms being initiated by the President.

In a separate interview, De Lima said she had yet to decide whether she would run in the mid-term senatorial race in 2013.

“I haven’t really decided on that. It’s flattering that my efforts are being recognized, but it’s too early to make such a decision. I haven’t even been confirmed (by the Commission on Appointments) yet. I have to do what I have to do, to dispose of many assignments. Politics is not on my mind right now,” she told reporters.

“I don’t want to give my detractors another reason to hit me, to say that I’m using my position to advance my personal and political ambitions. That’s not the case. My job is to fulfill my mandate. I don’t do things just to further my personal and political interests,” she added.

She said that while the LP had yet to extend a formal invitation, she had already been asked “in jest.”

“I thought we were just joking about it. I didn’t know it was serious. There were some informal jesting, nothing official. The announcement took me aback. I will have to consult my father about this, as with all important decisions in my life,” she said.

Her final decision would be made “in the next few months,” she said. She clarified that the decision would not come within this year or early next year.

Originally posted at 02:14 pm | Thursday, October 13, 2011

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  • Andres Bonifacio

    Walang hiya…2011 palang…wala pang conviction kahit isa, puro dakdak sa press…senatorable na pinaguusapan! Grabe!

  • yeoj

    Lupet!!! iba nga nagagawa kpag bata pa ang bumibira tumataas ang pangarap!! basta driver sweet lover diba Sec?

  • Allan O

    I hope De Lima can resist this offer from the Liberal Party.

    She must categorically turn down the offer to be a senator. Else it will jeopardize her work at DOJ, perhaps even her credibility.

    • Aspo resurrection

      it is a bad move by Roxas lalo na maraming kaso ang pending ngayon sa DOJ> mga high profile case lalo mga political officials ang accused maaring malaking problema ‘to kay Sec…

    • Shopaholik!

      Iyon nga ang gusto nilang mangyari dahil mahina ang mga ebidensiya nila laban sa mga Arroyo.

  • Anonymous

    I think it’s better for her to accept the offer and immediately get out of the DOJ before she lost all her credibility. 

  • Pizza Ria

    pakapalan na to ng mukha. kaya pala itong si delima kinakaya ng sikmura ang lahat ng pagbabalewala sa kanya ng kanyang amo.  boto ko hindi ko ibibigay sa iyo.  manigas ka!

  • Pizza Ria

    isama na rin nila sina leah navaro at baraquel-hontiveros, puro kapal muks!

  • Pizza Ria

    pati na rin si girl abunda at ogie the monkey alcasid. kapal.

    • Anonymous

      anoh ba yan,,bayan<,hehehe.alaws pa naggawa sendor na…bwahahaha

  • Uni-ha

    There’s no stopping Dubyana Delima now.  One step closer to her
    illusions of grandeur, her ego will be inflated and her fat figure
    bloated so much more till she’s beyond recognition.  Just a matter of
    time before this fat lady ruptures from sheer bloatedness.  It ain’t
    over till the fat lady sings . . . or hisses. 

  • Homer Guo

    no worries mar, she will…. dream come true nya yan eh

  • Shopaholik!

    Payback time for the PeNoy’s attack and lap dog. Pati dw si Corina Sanchez ay kukunin din nila.  Alam ba yan ni Police Major ha Corina?

  • Anonymous

    talo yan liberal party kay binay sigurado.patakbuhin mo pa si mar kahit kelan hindi mananalo si mr palengkeng palpak

  • Anonymous


    • Anonymous

      Hoy gising!joeldcndcn. wala na si arroyo wala nang zero votes sa davao at cebu.

  • Anonymous

    the matuwid na daan is misleading me…

  • Walastik

    tang ina aga naman mamulitika ni mar.

  • be honest

    Disclose the result of ” alleged fake travel document ” that Lacson used to come back to Philippines after 1 year in hiding. ( already confirmed by BSP that it was fake ).
    Then people will not doubt your courage to set an example of exposing the truth.
    Or are you still afraid of being blocked by Lacson in the Commission of Appointments ?

  • Anonymous

    Go for it Leila! Just have an open mind.

    kung si binay nga nag declare nang tatakbo ng president sa 2016.

  • Josephine

    Wag nyo munang politicahin si De Lima.  She is very good  in her job.  Pag napolitika nyo yan they will put color to what she is doing.  She is a sure bet for the senate and we should have more people like her.  Good choice for the Philippines.  Ganyan liberal party give the people of the philippines good candidates.

  • Anonymous

    Baka natatakot si Mar ROxas na masapawan sya ni De Lima sa LP Nomination pag patuloy na tumaas ang ratings ni De Lima! O baka si Ping Lacson ang gusto ng Iglesia ni Croisto na ipalit kay De Lima.
    Whatever Iglesia says, PNoy follows, di ba?

  • Anonymous

    aga aga namumulitika na roxas. maski anong gawin nitong gimik di to magiging presidente. eh si de lima puro press release lnag. tingnan ginawa sa visconde case, publicity lang wala namang witness na bago kuno ang naipresent. 

  • Anonymous

    Leila De Lima for President! Google it!

  • Anonymous

    Ang aga naman nito politicking! Trabaho na muna kayo ang dami-dami ng problema yan na muna asikasuhin. After the typhoon season kalimutan na naman ang mga nasalanta and programs to mitigate floodings. Tulad ng Ondoy and Peping. wala din nangyari pagkatapos nailibing ang mga namatay sanhi ng sakuna, nailibing na rin sa limot ang mga magagandang plano. See you sa next flooding next year.
    Sana hwag isama si Abad sa imbitahan kundi wipe out kayo sa LP!

  • Anonymous

    d b nila masabing deretsahan na d n sya dpat sa DOJ? lol

  • Anonymous

    Di talaga mapigilan ang ambisyon nitong si Mar Roxas sa 2013, ang aga aga pa nagparinig na kay De Lima para sa senatorial slate nila sa 2013! Kapal, magtrabaho ka muna, wala ka pang ginagawa sa dotc, puro press release ka lang

  • Anonymous

    This early, Mar Roxas invited Justice Secretary De Lima to run for senator in 2013. Campaign season na ba? Hindi pala public service ang focus nila.

  • ely

    Sana hindi ka manalo!!! kasi wala ka namang ACHIEVEMENTS kagaya nang amo mong panot!


  • Anonymous

    Ricky Carandang will be disappointed coz he won’t be invited to join the LP senatorial slate. Just run for barangay captain na lang.

  • ely



    Personal Interest pa uunahin NINYO!

  • Anonymous

    Lumabas na ang tunay na kulay ni Mar Roxas. Tuloy ang pagtakbo ng congressman sa 2013. Lahat na ng programa niya sa DOTC may bahid na ng pulitika.

  • Anonymous

    Sabi na nga ba, naglilista na si Mar Roxas ng senatorial slate nila para sa 2013, e kaya wala pang nagagawa sa position nya sa dotc, naka tutok sa ambisyon nya sa 2013! Ambisyosong corrupt! Tulad ni Binay!

  • Anonymous

    Baka pasimpleng naghihintay din sila Larcierda, Valte at Carandang na mainvite ni Mar Roxas para sa senatorial slate ng Liberal Party sa 2013. Pwede, invite kayo sa halloween party. Sama sama kayo dun nila Mar na puro panira sa daang matuwid!

  • Anonymous

    Sorry ka muna Korina, wala munang baby, super busy si hubby Mar Roxas sa unti unting pagkuha ng budget sa dotc, and busy din sa pagpapa cute at pagpaparamdam sa isang babaeng taga
    malacanang…da who!

  • Anonymous

    Mar Roxas wants De Lima in the LP senatorial ticket in 2013. Handa na ba siyang matalo ni De Lima sa eleksyon?

  • Anonymous

    Hindi mabubuntis si Korina dahil may ibang mahal daw si Secretary Mar Roxas. So sad.

  • Anonymous

    May dahilan talaga kung bakit natalo at nadaya itong si Mar Roxas. Kung ano man ang dahilan ng tadhana, nakikita na ngayon ng taong bayan sa pagkaka upo ni mar sa dotc. Observe nyo lang.

  • Anonymous

    Galing talaga ni De Lima, mula sa human rights, justice secretary ngayon naman senador.
    Dapat gayahin ninyo si De Lima, ngak ngak lang kahit walang nasolve sa human rights at naifile na kaso sa justice dep’t.
    Panay ang labas sa tv, yon lang.

  • Anonymous

    Secretary Leila de Lima to run as senator in 2013? Isa pang ambisyosa!

  • Anonymous

    Wala pa ngang nagagawa sa DOJ, ang ambition agad niyang maging senador ang nasa isip ni Sec. De Lima. Magtarabaho ka muna oy!

  • Anonymous

    Bago ka mangarap na maging senador, sampahan mo muna ng kaso sa korte si Gloria Arroyo, Secretary De Lima. Hind iyong puro pa-press con ka lang diyan.

  • Tyopando

    Itigil niyo nga yang kalokohan na yan! Mag-trabaho muna kayo!
    Kahit sa last filing day pa kayo mag-decide eh mananalo pa rin kayo
    kung meron na kayong nagawa para sa bayan….

    Ngayon kung alam na ng lahat na kakandidato ka na sa 2013……
    parang lahat ng ginagawa mo ngayon eh pakitang-tao lang….. Buset 

  • Anonymous

    good candidate

  • Anonymous

    Mar Roxas is politcally destroying De Lima. By publicly inviting her, all her moves now would be viewed as trying to get votes..Galing talaga nitong si Mar manira ng kalaban..De Lima would be a strong candidate against him kaya ngaon palang sinisira na nya.haay

  • be honest

    This early is campaigning time already ????
    Improve government services, give justice, increase jobs first.
    In Philippines is all and only politics. Pity Pity.

  • Anonymous

    Winnie Monsod part II. Talo si tabatina, in other words.

  • Igorotak

    Politics, politics, and more politics…shame on you Mar Roxas, and to the Liberal Party. The country have not yet risen from the past political and economic crisis and here you are again talking about the next election. So obvious that the LP is more involve in their political machinery than the economics of the country, no doubt that they want all financial transactions in government to be under their noses….to raise campaign funds.!!!!! hoping it will all bounce back against you, the LP, come election time….

  • Magsisi

    wala pang nagagawa si de Lima ah!! Resulta muna bago isipin ang election. Panay ingay wala pang positive outcome.

  • Nelson

    Ito na sila lumalabas na ang tunay na mga kulay at mga interes… if fi could only shoot them all!!!

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