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Palace reacts to US ban on De Lima jailers: We are not bothered by it

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By Prince Golez

The travel ban to the United States (U.S.) of Filipino officials involved in the detention of Senator Leila de Lima does not worry Malacañang.

In a media briefing on Monday, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the Duterte administration is “not bothered” by the U.S. ban against those responsible for the prolonged detention of de Lima, a staunch critic of President Rodrigo Duterte.

“First, that’s their process. You cannot intrude in the same way we react when they intrude into our processes,” Panelo explained.

“Number two, the very provision says, there must be credible information before they ban any official in the Philippines,” he added.

Panelo defended the continued detention of de Lima, saying the senator went through the country’s administrative and judicial processes before her warrants of arrest were issued.

“If that is a trumped-up charge, then the prosecutor could have seen it, as well as the judicial officer who issued the warrant,” Duterte’s mouthpiece said.

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