EU parliamentarians says Duterte has to let Leila de Lima serve her mandate as senator
The delegates of the Global Progressive Forum (GPF) on Saturday were dismayed after the Philippine National Police (PNP) barred them from visiting detained Sen. Leila de Lima.
GPF President Enrique Guerrero Salom, along with Robert Hans Neuser, both of whom are members of the European Parliament, were not allow to visit De Lima despite complying with the 10-day required notice rule.
“We asked permission (from the PNP) in order to visit her and we are disappointed with the result. We are concerned with the situation of Senator De Lima,” Salom said during a press conference.
“We fully respect the Philippine legal regulations, but we think that there are enough (reasons) to release Senator De Lima and to allow her to play her role as a Senator representing the people of this country because she has been elected by the people,” he said.
The foreign delegates, who came to the Philippines to meet with De Lima, have submitted their request to see the senator as early as Oct. 26 but to no avail.
De Lima was detained in February at the PNP Custodial Center on drug charges.