Malacañang appears not too blissful that Senator Leila de Lima can also be on TIME Magazine’s listing of 100 Most Influential People, along with President Rodrigo Duterte.
Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella mentioned TIME’s writeup on De Lima, written by former United States ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Williams, was silent on the true purpose behind the senator’s detention.
“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 mentioned in a press release.
TIME Magazine positioned Duterte below the “Leaders” class for its 2017 listing, whereas De Lima was labeled as among the many world’s “Icons.”
In her writeup, Williams mentioned: “”It is a disturbing testomony to the present solidarity amongst strongmen and the worldwide surge in impunity that de Lima’s trigger has not been extra embraced.”
“And yet, even from prison, she continues to speak out against her President,” she added.
Meanwhile, the writeup on Duterte was written by Colombia’s former president Cesar Gaviria, who had beforehand criticized him in an opinion piece revealed by The New York Times.
Gaviria mentioned Duterte ought to take a look at the drug drawback as a public well being subject as an alternative of waging a bloody warfare in opposition to it.
“There will always be drugs in the Philippines, whether the President likes it or not. The tragedy is that many more people are likely going to die as he learns this lesson,” he mentioned.
Reacting to Gaviria’s writeup, Abella mentioned Duterte continues to benefit from the help of majority of Filipinos in his marketing campaign in opposition to medicine, crime and corruption.