Malacañang scored Time Magazine on Friday for together with Sen. Leila de Lima on its 100 Most Influential People checklist and but failing to say that she was detained for alleged involvement in unlawful medication buying and selling.
Secretary Ernesto Abella stated Time “conveniently failed” to incorporate in the quick profile of De Lima Lima that her detention was for her unlawful medication case and not for being a staunch critic of President Rodrigo Duterte.
“In the case of Sen. De Lima, Time conveniently failed to clarify that she was jailed not for her criticisms against the administration but because an independent court found probable cause in support of the criminal charges against her for alleged violation of the law on illegal drugs,” Abella stated in an announcement.
De Lima was is listed beneath Icons class, whereas President Rodrigo Duterte, whose bloody warfare on medication had grow to be controversial, was listed as among the many most influential Leaders.
The profile for De Lima was written by Samantha Power, former US ambassador to the United Nations. Powers described De Lima as “Duterte’s most vocal critic – a role her friends call suicidal.”
“Last August de Lima convened a hearing on Duterte’s drug-war killings, featuring devastating testimony from a former hit man. Duterte allies stripped de Lima of her Justice Committee chair. In February she was jailed,” Power wrote.
She stated De Lima’s imprisonment was a “disturbing testament to the current solidarity among strongmen and the global surge in impunity.”
While Malacanang hit the journal’s portryal of De Lima, Abella hailed Duterte’s inclusion.
”The reality stays that President Duterte is supported by majority of the Filipinos in his marketing campaign towards unlawful arduous medication, crime and corruption,” he stated.
Duterte’s profile was written by Cesar Gaviria, former president of Colombia, who in contrast his failed drug warfare to Duterte’s bloody crackdown on unlawful medication.
“When I was President of Colombia, I was also seduced into taking a tough stance on drugs,” Gaviria stated. “But after spending billions, I discovered that the war was unwinnable and the human costs were devastating. The cure was infinitely worse than the disease.”
He urged Duterte to overlook his bloody technique and “start by treating drugs as a health, human rights and development issue.”
Duterte earlier known as Gaviria an “idiot” for meddling in his warfare on medication. /atm
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