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Duterte desperate in silencing dissenters, De Lima says on arrest of Australian nun

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Senator Leila de Lima on Tuesday said President Duterte is getting desperate in​ ​silencing what she described as dissenters of the administration.

“Duterte spares no one. Challenge his policies and he will do his best to destroy you and silence you,” she said.

De Lima’s statements were in relation to the Bureau of Immigration’s (BI) arrest and detention of 71-year-old Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox, Mother Superior of Our Lady of Sion last April 16 for supposedly participating in protest rallies.

Senators Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan and Nancy Binay likewise condemned what they noted as crackdown against foreign activists.

Democratic countries like the Philippines should always welcome criticisms and not suppress dissent, De Lima said.

De Lima said Duterte is stifling dissent by making it appear that any person who dares to speak out against his administration and its flawed and crooked policies is out to destabilize the government.

“As part of the community of nations, the government should be able to accept criticisms from the international community, whether or not we agree with them,” she said.