A “prisoner of conscience” thrown to jail by the Duterte administration for constantly criticizing the federal government’s flagrant violations of human rights and bloody marketing campaign in opposition to unlawful medicine commerce.
This was how the 12-man delegation from the European Union (EU) perceieved Sen. Leila de Lima’s detention on the Philippine National Police (PNP) Custodial Center in Camp Crame, Quezon City throughout a go to Wednesday.
“I asserted before them my absolute innocence of the accusations against me,” she mentioned in a handwritten assertion, shortly after the mentioned go to led by 4 Members of the European Parliament (MEP) specifically Soraya Post of Sweden; Adam Kósa of Hungary; Josef Weidenholzer of Austria; and Rikke Karlsson of Denmark.
De Lima mentioned they mentioned not solely her case but in addition the human rights scenario in the nation, re-imposition of death penalty and the decreasing of the minimal age of legal duty.
Post, in an interview with Senate reporters Tuesday, mentioned their go to to the Philippines, which is an official European Parliament exercise, doesn’t concern primarily the plight of De Lima however the improvement of the scenario of human rights in the nation.
“It is a fact-sharing mission I would say,” she mentioned in describing their keep right here.
De Lima expressed gratitude for their go to and in declaring their indignation and severe considerations over her arrest throughout their plenary session in Strasbourg, France final March.
“They stood firm in saying that the charges filed against me were fabricated and subsequently called for my immediate release through their European Parliament (EP) resolution,” she mentioned.
“Once again, these visits from international institutions prove that indeed, the world is watching closely what is happening in our country under the Duterte regime. The US Congress will even hold hearings on the widespread human rights violations across the globe, including the Philippines,” De Lima mentioned.
“This regime, therefore, should better shape up and stop living in a fantasy world where it believes it can do anything based on one man’s whims. The growing clamor for accountability will ensure that justice will catch up to them,” she added.