For the third time, lawmakers from the European Union were denied a visit to the detention cell of Senator Leila De Lima this Saturday.
According to Alex Padilla, one of De Lima's lawyers, the visit was supposedly scheduled from 9-10 this morning.
Padilla said the Philippine National Police refused to act on their request submitted on October 26.
KAMI learned of the issue from the Philippine Star.
In a press conference, members of the European parliament criticized the police's inaction on their request.
Among those denied access were EU lawmakers Enrique Guerrero Salom, Norbert Hans Neuser, and Paolo Alberti.
Salom said they are "very concerned with the situation of Sen. De Lima."
While they respect the legal process, Salom added that De Lima should be allowed to do her job as a senator.
The Geneva-based EU has been calling for the immediate release of the embattled senator. According to its report, they believe De Lima is being persecuted because of her "vocal opposition to President Duterte's war on drugs, including her denunciation of his alleged responsibility for extrajudicial killings."
The EU added that "there is no evidence to justify criminal cases against her."