BUHAY Rep. Lito Atienza on Wednesday declined to call for the resignation of embattled Senator Leila de Lima, who recently admitted of having an illicit affair with her ex-driver Ronnie Dayan.
Instead, Atienza told her to ask social media on whether the public wants her to stay or not. He said "98 percent" of netizens would probably prefer her resignation.
“I cannot, we should not go over her rights. Kung mayroon siyang sensitivity to public opinion, eh magtanong siya, alamin niya kung ano ang damdamin ng bayan. Dahil wala pa namang judgement, so you cannot say she should resign. Atieza said.
“Pero she should ask. Andali niyan eh, magpost ka lang sa Internet. Tanungin mo bayan, magreresign ba ako o hindi? I’ll guess ano magiging resulta: 98 percent will say, mag-resign ka na, oy,” he added.
The lawmaker said that De Lima's admission of having a relationship with Dayan few years ago could build up her supposed role in the illegal drug trade.
"Now that [Sen.] De Lima now says indeed he [Dayan] was the boyfriend, eh di mayroon na ngayong conclusive evidence na malamang tama iyong mga drug lords," Atienza said.
"Dahil kung nangongolekta ng pera para sa kanya at sabi nga niya boyfriend niya, eh di malinaw na ang koneksyon nung droga, pera at [former] Sec. De Lima," he added.
However, De lima has repeatedly denied the allegation of her involvement in the drug trade and said no one can force her to resign.