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Wag nang makialam! Koko tells off EU over call for De Lima’s release

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Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III on slammed the European Union (EU) for urging the government to drop all alleged politically-motivated charges against Sen. Leila de Lima, even calling for her release from jail.

The EU parliament, he said, should know its place in the world and has no right to manage much more micromanage the affairs of the country.

“Ahem! Please mind your own business and don’t ever tell the Philippine Senate on who should chair any of its committees. Parliaments are free to air their sentiments on various issues worth commenting on from their own point of view but they refrain from interference and internal affairs by commenting on and worse, demanding the reversal of certain actions taken by sovereign nations,” he said.

Pimentel said the EU Parliament has crossed the line and urged them to step back and do some “soul searching.”

In a resolution issued Thursday (Mar. 16), the EU condemned not only the arrest of De Lima but even the alleged extrajudicial killings (EJKs) happening in the country and also expressed alarm over the decision of the House of Representatives to reintroduce the death penalty.

It called on the Philippine authorities to immediately halt ongoing proceedings that will reinstate death penalty.

It’s unfortunate, Pimentel said, that a foreign parliament is interfering with a sovereign country.

“Sorry to say, sino sila? What if we do the same to them? They are interfering in our functions. Sino sila?” he asked.