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EU misinformed on De Lima — Palace spox

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The European Union has misunderstood President Duterte’s campaign against illegal drugs, and it seems to be making the same mistake on the case of former senator Leila de Lima, a Palace official said on Thursday.

Undersecretary Ernesto Abella, presidential spokesman, frowned on the move of the European Parliament which called on Philippine authorities to immediately release De Lima and to drop all politically motivated charges against her.
De Lima has been described as a human rights advocate and a renowned critic of the Duterte administration. She was outspoken of her advocacy against the violent war on drugs.
“You know, they simply have a misunderstanding of what’s happening to De Lima,” Abella said.
“The lady is being charged with crime not political persuasions. So I think they ought to respect that,” he added.

Abella’s statement came after the EU parliament “calls for the authorities of the Philippines to abstain from political persecution and for such persons to exercise freely their profession and rights without fear of reprisal, hindrance, intimidation or harassment. The reintroduction of the death penalty in the Philippines is also causing alarm for the European Parliament.