Trillanes urges colleagues: Join calls to set De Lima free Featured

Trillanes urges colleagues: Join calls to set De Lima free Image: GMA Network

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV on Wednesday urged his colleagues to “right the wrong” committed by the Duterte administration against Senator Leila de Lima by calling for her release from detention.
In a privilege speech, Trillanes said De Lima’s continued detention over drug-related charges is a “clear case of political persecution.”
“Gaya nating lahat, hindi perpekto si Sen. De Lima pero alam natin, deep in our hearts, na hindi siya involved sa illegal drugs at lalo nang hindi siya drug queen. Hindi po siya criminal para tratuhin na parang isang criminal,” Trillanes said.
Trillanes said the Senate should express the same outrage it did in the case of Superintendent Marvin Marcos, who was able to walk out of detention after the criminal charges against him and the other policemen were downgraded. He also called on the Senate public order and dangerous drugs committee chaired by Senator Panfilo Lacson to conduct an inquiry on the allegations of drug lords against De Lima.
Trillanes said summoning drug personalities to a Senate probe is necessary to prove that the Duterte administration coerced them to concoct stories against a political opponent.
The European Union, Inter-Parliamentary Union, and International Commission Jurists, have separately called for De Lima’s release. The groups include the International Network of People Who Use Drugs (INPUD), United Kingdom; Asia Catalyst, New York, USA; the Coalition of Asia Pacific Regional Networks on HIV/AIDS, Thailand; Asian Network of People Who Use Drugs (ANPUD), Thailand; and International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC), United Kingdom. —GMA News

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