Dinamay pa White House! US Senate OKs resolution calling on Trump to sanction De Lima’s jailers
The United States Senate has approved a resolution urging President Donald Trump to impose sanctions against Philippine officials involved in Senator Leila De Lima’s detention.
According to the US Senate’s website, Senate Resolution 142 “has been agreed to in Senate with an amendments and an amended preamble with Voice Vote” on January 8.
Among the sanctions stated under the resolution were the revocation of Philippine officials’ US visas and the freezing of their assets.
Titled “Condemning the Government of the Philippines for its Continued Detention of Senator Leila De Lima, Calling for her Immediate Release,” the resolution stated that Trump could impose the sanctions pursuant to the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act.
It was calendared for discussion on the US Senate floor following its approval by the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee in December 2019.
The resolution considers De Lima “to be a prisoner of conscience, detained solely on account of her political views and the legitimate exercise of her freedom of expression.”
It was filed in April last year by Senator Ed Markey, whom President Rodrigo Duterte ordered to be banned from entering the Philippines for calling for De Lima’s release.
Also named in the resolution were Democratic Senators Dick Durbin and Patrick Leahy, as well as Republicans Marco Rubio and Marsha Blackburn.
Durbin and Leahy were also behind the insertion of a provision in the US national budget for 2020 banning the entry of De Lima’s jailers into the US.
De Lima has been detained at Camp Crame since February 2017 over drug charges.
The resolution also mentioned Rappler CEO Maria Ressa in its condemnation of the supposed harassment, arrest and unjust judicial proceedings against media and journalists in the Philippines.