De Lima's two wishes for 57th birthday

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — What was supposed to be Sen. Leila de Lima's advanced birthday celebration on Thursday turned out to be an impromptu press conference — a few hours after President Rodrigo Duterte's pre-dawn release of his drug matrix where the senator's name was included.

De Lima had lunch with the media, and the conversation inevitably turned to the word war she's been having with the President.

The beleaguered lawmaker, who will turn 57 on Saturday, said her first wish was that the President would stop "this whole madness" as attempts to break her spirit with all kinds of charges would fail.

She said the matrix that Duterte had released even had typographical errors and wrong usage of English words.

"Can they not come up with something better, something more professional looking," De Lima quipped.

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De Lima said she had not even personally met Pangasinan Gov. Amado Espino, who was also among those named in the matrix. As a former Justice secretary, De Lima said she even had Espino investigated for a murder complaint.

"Tapos ngayon sasabihin kasabwat ko siya [Now they say I was in cahoots with him]," she said.

Second wish

De Lima's personal life had also been dragged into the drugs issue when the President said her affair with a former driver led to corruption at the national penitentiary.

But apparently in the spirit of the occasion, the feisty senator did not shy away from the topic — saying her second birthday wish was to have a lovelife.

"Para meron naman akong kabalikat, partner na samahan ako dito sa dinadaanan ko [So that I can have someone with me to share what I'm going through]," she said.

Meanwhile, Justice Sec. Vitaliano Aguirre said he knew nothing about the matrix -- saying it was the result of the President's own intelligence gathering.

But just the same, Aguirre said they had witnesses such as jail guards,  inmates, and De Lima's former friends with sworn afffidavits linking the senator to illegal drug operations inside the National Bilibid Prison.

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Aguirre added that the House of Representatives had asked him to help gather witnesses when it would start a probe on drug-related cases inside the national penitentiary.

CNN Philippines' Cecille Lardizabal contributed to this report.