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US senators may ‘silently’ probe Duterte – Palace

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By Prince Golez

The five United States (US) senators who called for the release of Senator Leila de Lima and dropping of charges against Rappler founder Maria Ressa may “silently” investigate the accusations against the President Rodrigo Duterte, a Palace official said.

They may either “send someone to have an independent probe” or “write us formally” so the government can respond properly to their questions, according to Spokesperson Salvador Panelo.

“If they really want to find out; because if I were a US senator, I would probably do some probing myself. I’m sure they have friends in the Philippines; friends in the media who are objective, not biased; people like you who are very objective, sometimes,” said Panelo.

“They can do it silently, by just communicating … by just writing us on a particular issue and we will respond, we can send them documents. In other words, there are many ways of finding out the truth or the falsity of whatever narrative they receive in the US,” he added.

In a resolution filed in the US Senate on April 4, Senators Marco Rubio, Edward Markey, Richard Durbin, Marsha Blackburn, and Chris Coons also condemned the administration’s involvement in “state-sanctioned extrajudicial killings by police and other armed individuals” under the anti-drug campaign.

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