MANILA — Sen. Leila de Lima welcomes the intention of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) to visit her while in detention and examine the drug cases filed against her by the Duterte administration.
The IPU expressed concern over the arrest and detention of Senator Leila de Lima.
The group is not convinced that the senator was imprisoned after fighting drug trafficking in New Bilibid Prison.
The IPU mentioned that it would send an observer to the criminal proceedings of De Lima’s cases to make sure that these are being handled fairly.
In a statement, De Lima thanked the IPU and said she hopes our government can allow the visit.
She said she trusts that the IPU can come up with an objective and fair assessment on her cases, as well as on the alleged cases of human rights violations committed by the Duterte administration.
Some senators welcome the intentions of IPU; one of them is majority floor leader Sen. Vicente Sotto III.
“So that they can see for themselves. They can find out what is really happening here, instead of just interfering. We don’t interfere with their affairs,” he said.
Sotto has also challenged the IPU to also look into the cases of deaths in Syria instead of just focusing on De Lima’s cases.
“Why don’t they look into Syria? Many have died since yesterday. Why are we not hearing anything about it? Three days ago, there was a case of a pregnant woman who was stabbed, why are we not hearing anything about it?” he added.
The IPU is an international organization composed of parliaments. It was founded in 1889 and is based in Geneva, Switzerland. — Joyce Balancio | UNTV News and Rescue
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