Bong Go says nothing wrong with De Lima’s detention: Court ordered her behind bars
There is no “wrongful imprisonment” of Senator Leila de Lima contrary to the belief of some American legislators that she was being persecuted.
Senator Bong Go stressed this on Monday amid the move of the United States government to deny entry to Philippine officials who jailed De Lima over drug charges.
De Lima was detained in February 2017 af the Philippine National Police (PNP) Custodial Center on drug charges. But she claimed that the complaint against her was politically-motivated for being a staunch critic of President Duterte.
US President Donald Trump has signed into law the US Fiscal Year 2020 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill which includes visa ban on Filipino government officials found to be involved in the alleged unjust detention of De Lima.
Go said that the US government may have been “misinformed” about the alleged political persecution and detention of De Lima.
“She is detained upon the lawful order of the court. It is even affirmed by no less than our Supreme Court sitting en banc,” Go said.
“The drug charges against her went through our judicial process. She was given all opportunities to defend herself. And our courts remain independent and functional,” he said.
Go added, “Ang masasabi ko lang, ginagawa namin ni Pangulong Duterte ang lahat para sa ikabubuti ng bawat Pilipino at kung Pilipino ka, ramdam mo ang tunay na pagbabago na nangyayari sa Pilipinas ngayon.”
“If they decide to impose a visa ban on certain officials of our country, that’s on them,” the administration senator said.