The European Parliament adopts the call of a lawmakers’ group to immediately release detained Philippine Senator Leila de Lima. She is the fiercest critic of Philippine President. In a resolution, it firmly asks for her to be provided with adequate security while in jail. Filipinos are confused why an international body dares to interfere with the country’s legal system just to protect a notorious illegal drugs trade coddler?
Youtube video by; Rappler
[VIDEO]: European lawmakers propose a draft resolution calling for the “immediate release” of Philippine Senator Leila de Lima.
On top of that, European lawmakers urge the Philippine authorities “to ensure a fair trial. It even recalls the right to the presumption of innocence. It demands the government to drop all politically motivated charges against her. They also ask the government to end any further acts of harassment. As if she’s not capable of any wrongdoings. This is a clear manifestation of misinformation.
Death Penalty Say
In the same resolution, the EU tells Philippine officials to “immediately halt ongoing proceedings to reinstate the death penalty.” Do they have the right to do so? Can’t they understand that the Philippine government is capable enough to do its mandate to properly govern the country? What’s wrong with this people? Filipinos elected a leader who vows to declare war on drugs. They should respect that.
Display of Arrogance
Senate Majority Leader Vicente “Tito” Sotto III thinks that for the European Parliament to call for Senator Leila de Lima’s release clearly displays their arrogance. “The European Parliament must be told that the Philippines is a democratic nation ruled by law. Judicial processes are fully functioning,” Sotto said. Their demanding the release of Senator De Lima is a display of arrogance. They want to show power. Pure interference in the country’s domestic affairs cannot be tolerated.
Note Verbale of Protest
Sotto then urges the Philippine embassy in EU Capital to file a protest and explain De Lima’s case. “Our embassy in EU Capital must file a Note Verbale of Protest and explain in full the case of Senator Leila,” he said.“The Department of Foreign Affairs or DFA must see to it, it’s done. They must be warned that they cannot just malign us!”