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Nakahanap ng kakampi! De Lima elated by US senators’ call for her release

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Detaine Senator Leila de Lima over the weekend claimed that the unwavering support of some American lawmakers to calls seeking her freedom is proof that the drug charges against her are “bogus and politically motivated.”

De Lima was detained in February 2017 at the Philippine National Police (PNP) Custodial Center on drug charges.

The US Senate Foreign Relations Committee recently passed Resolution 142, which called on the Philippine government to “immediately release Senator De Lima, drop all charges against her, [and] remove restrictions on her personal and work conditions.”

The resolution also adopted amendments introduced by US Senator Benjamin Cardin that also called for US President Donald Trump to impose sanctions under the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act to government officials responsible for orchestrating De Lima’s arrest and prolonged detention, among others.

De Lima said that the US senators who denounced her unjust detention and vouched for her integrity “are learned and well-informed statesmen and women” who will not support her if they doubt her innocence.

“I say with utmost candor that this strong, and resoundingly unanimous and bipartisan support for me and my causes from the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, and earlier, from the Appropriations Committee, is further proof of the fakeness of the charges against me,” she said.

De Lima maintained that top US policy and law makers from both the Democratic and Republican parties are well-aware about the fakeness of the drug charges against her because they have access and are privy to critical and confidential information affecting US relations with other countries.

“They would not set aside their political differences and unanimously go out on a limb to support me, and stake their reputation, if they harbored even a hint of doubt about my innocence,” she said.

“[They] have access to considerable networks of contacts and sources of information,” the opposition senator said on Friday.

“Hindi sila tataya para sa isang nakakulong na Senadora mula sa Pilipinas kung may katiting silang duda na baka totoo ang mga paratang sa akin,” she added.

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