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SLUT-SHAMING A SENATOR

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is using rumors of a sex tape to smear the most outspoken critic of his war on drugs

@philipsherwell

WAR ON THUGS: De Lima prepares to read a statement in the country’s Senate on August 18. She is one of the few politicians to stand up to President Rodrigo Duterte and his crackdown on drug dealers and users.
BULLIT MARQUEZ/AP

LEILA DE LIMA is sitting at a square table with some of her political allies in a Manila hotel. Two aides stand guard outside the meeting room; they ask that her hotel not be named. “This is my life now,” says de Lima, a human rights advocate and member of the Philippine Senate. “It’s become a nightmare, but I’m getting used to it.”

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