Senator Antonio Trillanes IV on Wednesday urged his colleagues to take a stand and rally behind their detained colleague, Sen. Leila de Lima, by revisiting the unlawful drug charges towards her.
In making an attempt to persuade his colleagues to reopen the hearings on the drug lords’ testimonies towards De Lima, Trillanes mentioned that each one of them knew that President Rodrigo Duterte’s declare that she was a “drug queen” was baseless.
“Hindi po sya criminal para tratuhin na parang isang criminal. Mas doble ang hirap ng pagkakulong lalo na para sa isang babae at ina,” mentioned Trillanes.
While he too was a former detainee in Camp Crame as a result of his involvement within the failed mutinies in the course of the Arroyo administration, Trillanes mentioned the case of de Lima was distinction as a result of he and his Magdalo Group paid the results for breaking the legislation with a purpose to impact change within the authorities.
“Pero si Sen. De Lima, walang ginawang kahit ano man, pinaratangan lang sya. There was no overt action done at all to merit her incarceration. Kung nag express tayo ng outrage sa pagpapalaya kay Supt. (Marvin) Marcos at kanyang mga kasamahan na maliwanag na nag commit ng murder, dapat lalo tayong magalit sa ginawa at ginagawa kay Sen. De Lima. By any established standard, that is injustice,” he mentioned.
Trillanes referred to as upon the chair of the Senate committee on public order and harmful medication chaired by Sen. Panfilo Lacson to conduct an inquiry on the trump up charges towards De Lima.
“This is a clear case of political persecution,” mentioned Trillanes who famous that de Lima’s incarceration achieved Duterte’s objective of sending chills down the backbone of his critics.
“I know Sen. De Lima may have offended some of you, personally, during her tenure as secretary of justice. I had my own run-ins with her when she opposed our (Magdalo members’) amnesty then. Quite ironic, because here I am now, standing by her; standing for her’ fighting for her. Ganito rin ako makipaglaban para sa iba sa inyo nung nakaraan. Ganito tayo dapat sa isa’t isa lalo na kung para sa tama. Six months na syang nakakulong, mabigat na parusa ‘yan sa para isang taong walang pagkakasala. My colleagues, it’s time to do the right thing,” he mentioned.
De Lima turned 58 final Sunday and was visited by households and associates whereas some senator-allies despatched their video-recorded messages to her.
“Nang binisita ko sya nitong nagdaang linggo sa Crame sa kanyang kaarawan, ang mensahe ko sa kanya ay ang mga pagsubok na ito ay lilipas din. Ako ay naniniwala na sya ay makakalayang muli, malilinis ang kanyang pangalan at higit sa lahat, sya ay makakapagsilbing muli sa ating bayan,” Trillanes added.
His privilege speech was referred to the Lacson’s committee in addition to the committee on guidelines.