Senator Leila de Lima on Tuesday chided Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra for for downplaying the recent US Senate resolution calling for her immediate release and dropping of charges against her by branding it as “trash” and unlawful.
Last December 11, the United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee unanimously approved Senate Resolution No. 142 calling on the Philippine government to free De Lima and drop politically motivated trumped-up drug charges against her.
“Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra thinks US Senate Resolution 142 is ‘trash’, and that I should just wait for my trial to finish,” De Lima said.
“That is easy to say for someone not in prison, and who is responsible for the continuation of injustice that is my incarceration based on fabricated charges,” she said.
The detained senator added, “Guevarra says US Senate Resolution 142 asking for my release violates Philippine laws.”
“No, it does not. It just so happened that in the case of the US Senate, the call is backed up with serious potential sanctions that will hurt my persecutors, including Guevarra himself,” De Lima said.
“Hence, it has the punch that Guevarra and others in the Duterte officialdom fear,” the senator from Bicol added.
Guevarra belittled SR 142 as “trash” and “non-existent,” and claimed that the US bipartisan resolution was against the Philippine rule of law because it calls for the disruption of the judicial process.