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Epal na naman! Palace: Int’l politikos have no business probing De Lima, Trillanes cases

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By Prince Golez

Malacanang on Monday assailed the planned visit of Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), a Geneva-based organization of parliaments, in the Philippines to investigate the “political persecution” of Senators Leila de Lima and Antonio Trillanes IV by the Duterte administration.

“Alam mo, ang problema diyan sa Interparliamentary, sabi nila, mag-iimbestiga sila. Pero mayroon na silang conclusion e, na para daw inaapi, parang biktima ng injustice. Bakit mayroon ka na kaagad na conclusion, hindi ka pa nag-iimbestiga,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said.

Asked if the group would be allowed to visit de Lima in her detention, Panelo said, “Basta kung pupunta sila – pero ang problema nga, nagbigay na sila ng conclusion. I don’t think they’re welcome here, manggugulo lang sila.”

The Palace official urged the IPU to “refrain from commenting further” on de Lima’s and Trillanes’ case because “these are veiled attempts to influence the outcome of the cases, which are now pending before our local courts.”

They were also assured that the country’s justice system is “independent,” “effective,” and “functioning.”

In its 139th assembly last Thursday, the IPU adopted two resolutions expressing serious concern about the continued human rights abuses committed against de Lima and Trillanes.

The organization of foreign parliamentarians criticized the government’s “widespread intimidation and denigration” against the lady politiko, now detained at the Philippine National Police Custodial Center on drug charges, who has been being unfairly portrayed as “immoral” and “guilty.”

Moreover, the “sudden” nullification of the amnesty extended by the Aquino administration to the former Navy officer years after it was implemented, they said, “is a targeted attempt to silence” Trillanes.