Incarcerated Senator Leila de Lima has challenged President Rodrigo Duterte to sign a waiver of his immunity from lawsuit and prove in court that he had nothing to do with the alleged killings perpetrated by the supposed Davao Death Squad (DDS).
De Lima said Duterte should have no problem giving up his presidential immunity if he is confident of his innocence and that the accusations against him by self-confessed DDS members Edgar Matobato and Arthur Lascañas were untrue.
Under the Philippine Constitution, the president is immune from suit during his term of office.
But how can anyone take De Lima seriously when during her time as Justice Secretary, she never (and would have never) asked the same thing of her boss, President NoyNoy Aquino?
It would have been unsconsionable for De Lima to have asked Aquino to sign a waiver of his immunity from lawsuit to face allegations ranging his from his command responsibility in the massacre of the SAF 44, or for his role in the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) which was declared unconstitutional by the Philippine Supreme Court.
De Lima could issue handwritten statements all she wants on Senate stationary from her prison cell, but it would be best for her to refrain from making demands of Dutere that she would have never asked Aquino.
Otherwise, she would just be inviting ridicule of her sincerity and credibility, or whatever of these qualities is left in her.