FYI TIME: Palace says De Lima jailed for violating drug law, not lambasting Duterte
Malacañang seems not too happy that Senator Leila de Lima is also on TIME Magazine’s list of 100 Most Influential People, together with President Rodrigo Duterte.
Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said TIME’s writeup on De Lima, written by former United States ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Williams, was silent on the real reason 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 said in a statement.
TIME Magazine placed Duterte under the “Leaders” category for its 2017 list, while De Lima was classified as among the world’s “Icons.”
In her writeup, Williams said: “”It is a disturbing testament to the current solidarity among strongmen and the global surge in impunity that de Lima’s cause has not been more 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 previously criticized him in an opinion piece published by The New York Times.
Gaviria said Duterte should look at the drug problem as a public health issue instead of waging a bloody war against 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 said.
Reacting to Gaviria’s writeup, Abella said Duterte continues to enjoy the support of majority of Filipinos in his campaign against drugs, crime and corruption.