Malacañang has defended the Philippine National Police (PNP) over its refusal to enable the president of Liberal International to visit Senator Leila de Lima.
Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella mentioned the police merely adopted protocol within the PNP Custodial Center.
It is unlucky that the identify of Mr. Juli Minoves, President of Liberal International, was not included within the record of authorised guests scheduled to see Senator Leila De Lima on that day.,” he mentioned in an announcement Sunday (July 23).
While Minoves was barred from visiting De Lima, Abella famous that his companions, Liberal International’s Human Rights Committee chair Markus Loening and Friedrich Naumann Foundation-Philippines president Wolfgang Heinze, had been allowed to enter the detention facility to see the senator as a result of their names had been on the record.
“There is no need to add political color to an issue which has none,” Abella mentioned.
Minoves has slammed the police for utilizing an “administrative excuse” to forestall him from seeing De Lima, who’s detained on drug-related charges.