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Yellows, LP allies call for Leila’s freedom

Minority senators, made up of Liberal Party members and their allies have a different set of standards, especially when it comes to calling for the release of a colleague.
Minority senators called late Wednesday for the “immediate release” of opposition Sen. Leila de Lima.
She made sure that the nation would be made aware that by this Saturday, she is to mark her first year of what she calls as her “illegal arrest” and “unjust detention.”
The minority senators, composed of Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon, Senators Francis Pangilinan, Antonio Trillanes IV, Bam Aquino, and Risa Hontiveros, were quoted as saying in a statement that reads: “As her colleagues at the Senate, we are pained by the reality that a member of this chamber is locked up in jail on trumped-up charges when she should be here with us, engaging in productive discussions, legislating laws, and serving her constituents and our country,” they said. They have seen no evidence yet they term her arrest and detention as “unjust.”
It will be recalled that more or less the same LP senators, led by Senator Drilon, did not bother to defend their colleagues in the Senate when three then opposition senators were charged with plunder and ordered detained. They stayed in detention for years and there never was a call from these same senators to free their colleagues.
It is fact that despite the Constitution vesting the Senate with the sole right to suspend a member of the Senate, it was Drilon who actually claimed that the three opposition senators, Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada and Ramon “Bong” Revilla had to be suspended, as he had to follow the orders of the Ombudsman, Conchita Carpio Morales, who has no authority and power to suspend any member of Congress.
The same minority senators filed Senate Resolution (SR) No. 645 calling for the freedom of de Lima, whom they claim is a political prisoner under the Duterte regime.
They never made a similar resolution calling for the freedom of the three opposition senators, nor did they mention that they were the first three prominent political prisoners of then President Benigno Aquino.

Aquino and de Lima, it should be recalled, came up with trumped up charges of electoral sabotage against former President Gloria Arroyo and de Lima, in her time as justice chief, was even violating the law and the rights of the political foes of her yellow president.
And when Arroyo was granted bail by the courts, there went Aquino again, having her charged with plunder to ensure that she stays detained for six years.
Not one of the human rights group, such as the HRW and Amnesty Internation defended the former president and the three then opposition senators. Arroyo stayed in detention for six years. Estrada spent 3 years in detention until granted bail. Revilla continues to be detained.
The minority senators said de Lima’s continued unjust detention was instigated by her investigation of the Davao Death Squad as then chairperson of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) and later investigation of the spate of extra-judicial killings (EJKs) in the country as a senator — which earned the ire of then Davao Mayor and now President Duterte.
De Lima’s colleagues nevertheless lauded her spirit, which remains unbroken despite Duterte’s effort to tarnish her reputation and oppress her.
“Only a tenacious person with an unshakable resolve like Senator de Lima can withstand all these, unbowed, unbent, and unbroken,” they added.
The five senators acknowledged the increasing number of organizations and human rights advocates who have launched petitions seeking her freedom from incarceration.
They cited a March 2017 resolution by the European Parliament in Strasbourg calling for “the immediate release of Senator de Lima” and the Geneva-based Inter-Parliamentary Union’s call for her freedom in a report prepared by its human rights committee, among others.
The same senators filed SR No. 505 in September 2017 asking the Senate leadership to allow de Lima to participate in the sessions and deliberations of important legislative measures. There has been no action on this resolution.
Palace to Minority senators: Stop politicizing the courts
Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque. in response to the lodged resolution, urged the detained neophyte lawmaker’s allies to stop making appeals to release her because they tend to make it more of a political issue rather than from being a criminal, legal one.
The Palace official also insisted that President Duterte will not have any hand in the legal proceedings hounding de Lima.
“As to the call of the senators, that’s up to the Courts. I hope the senators will not politicize our Courts,” Roque told reporters.
“Let our Courts function as they should, free from political interference. I’m appealing to the opposition senators, do not influence the judges,” he added.
Roque in response to a question from the press on de Lima’s first year anniversary in detention, said sarcastically: “Happy first anniversary in detention, Sen. Leila de Lima.”
De Lima was arrested on February 24 last year over alleged links with drug syndicates inside the National Bilibid Prisons (NBP) during her stint as Department of Justice (DoJ) secretary.
De Lima’s case is viewed by administration critics, domestic and foreign, as politically motivated given her critical stance against the administration’s war on illegal drugs.
Leila: Justice will come
A year after being jailed on charges she insists were concocted to silence her, a top critic of President Duterte says she believes justice is coming, banking perhaps on the complaint against President Duterte lodged before the International Criminal Court.
Senator de Lima has been pursuing Duterte for almost a decade, beginning with allegations he directed a death squad against suspected criminals while mayor of the southern city of Davao.
But now that the International Criminal Court has opened an initial probe into the deadly anti-drug war Duterte launched after becoming president 20 months ago, she says she has new reason to hope.
“I see the day justice will come. I hope for that day. The preliminary examination will eventually get to an indictment,” de Lima told AFP at national police headquarters in Manila, where she is being held.
“I feel this is the start of my vindication, but true vindication comes when I am absolved of the charges,” added de Lima.
De Lima says the allegations were cooked up to stifle her criticism of Duterte, and she has earned the support of international legislators as well as rights watchdogs.
“I have to keep fighting,” she said, smoothing her floral print shirt.
“If I keep quiet and fade away into oblivion, people will think I deserve this.”


  • Vaughn Massenberg

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    Vaughn Massenberg Sunday, 11 March 2018 23:19 Comment Link
  • Peter

    Mas maganda Drilon,Bam Aquino,Pangilinan Hontiveros at Trillanes ang dapat samahan na lang ninyo si Delima mas okey
    sa mga Pilipino

    Peter Friday, 23 February 2018 10:51 Comment Link
  • Rico

    These yellows are positioning for some of their comrades in arms for 2019...we will never hear them say anything about what is happening now like dengvaxia other than to cover for senor Abnoy..its all about how they can hold to power and the coming election..they knew that whoever is running under the "Yellow" brand will be toast....

    Rico Friday, 23 February 2018 06:36 Comment Link
  • The Eye

    Release her and mock the decent laws of the land? Might as well turn over the leadership to the top criminals and begin the reign of lawlessness. True Blooded members of the LP are extremely good in twisting the truth. I’m very ashame of myself of being a part of EDSA 1. I knew that there was something wrong in the YELLOW ERA when the succeeding years the number of people attending the anniversary was getting lesser because it was all lies and ineptness.

    The Eye Friday, 23 February 2018 04:51 Comment Link
  • Bert

    Ano ba kaung yellow tards sinuswerte? Nuong c Pres. Arroyo knulong nyo ng anim na taon Meron ba na isa sa i inyong nag petition na palabasin cya? You yellows were so mean that you prohibited her to use cell phone and computer. She was even prohibited to talk to the media. You yellows are lucky that she did not file a case against you. Now you are asking for Delima to release her while there is a case against her. I hope that you guys stay in jail with her, specially Trillanes who always against the govt. Sayang Lang ang bnabayad ng gobierno sa kanya. May araw ka din at mkakasama mo c Delima

    Bert Friday, 23 February 2018 04:19 Comment Link
  • Codicks

    A sauce for the boar is a sauce for the pig. Sen. FMD ( as in Foot and Mouth Disease ) should have done to then 3 opposition senators what he is now doing to Sen. Leila de Lima defending her.

    Codicks Friday, 23 February 2018 03:10 Comment Link
  • inocent

    Let the yellow hypocrites in the Senate talk and talk to defend Leila de Halimaw until they will drain their saliva. The public is sick and tired in the gimmicks of these yellows.

    inocent Friday, 23 February 2018 02:28 Comment Link

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