- Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo has commented over the involvement of US Senator Patrick Leahy in the case of Senator Leila de Lima
- Panelo said that Leahy was “ignorant” of the procedural rules
- He also mentioned that Leahy has not even visited the country to examine the case of De Lima
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo has commented over the recent statement of US Senator Patrick Leahy over the detention of opposition Senator Leila de Lima.
KAMI learned that Leahy asked the US Senate not to allow any Philippine government officials involved in the case of De Lima to enter their land.
As reported by ABS-CBN News, a US Senate panel has approved an amendment in the 2020 State and Foreign Operations to ban the Filipino officials involved in the case.
The US senator also co-authored a resolution that sought to condemn the detention of De Lima and called for her immediate release.
However, Panelo explained that Leahy was “ignorant” of the procedural rules when it comes to subjecting a person charged with a certain crime.
He also mentioned that Leahy was not even able to visit the Philippines to examine the case of De Lima. Therefore, he has no “reasonable basis to buttress his proposal.”
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“When Senator Leahy speaks of abuse he must be referring to his abuse of his freedom of expression, as he waxes a false and malicious narrative against our government officials with unparalleled arrogance and without a glint of remorse,” Panelo said, as reported by the Inquirer (author Neil Arwin Mercado).
In a previous report by KAMI, another US senator, Marco Rubio, has called for the immediate release of De Lima.
Rubio said that De Lima has been imprisoned for two years over “bogus charges.”
In 2017, De Lima was detained over her alleged involvement in the drug trade happening in the New Bilibid Prison while she was still the justice secretary.
Leila de Lima served as the Secretary of the Department of Justice under the administration of former President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III.
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