Detained Senator De Lima slams DOJ Sec. Guevarra over 'misinformed' US senators statement

Detained Senator De Lima slams DOJ Sec. Guevarra over 'misinformed' US senators statement




Detained opposition senator Leila De Lima slams Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Menardo Guevarra when he stated that the US lawmakers were "misinformed" in their call to drop all charges against De Lima and Rapplrer Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and US citizen Maria Ressa. 
“Much has been said by the Palace and my own colleagues in the Senate about the filing of a resolution by US Senators calling on the Duterte Administration to stop the legal persecution of dissenters, including myself and Maria Ressa. But none of these is more absurd than Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra’s statement that the US Senators were misinformed and that Maria Ressa and I were properly treated and legally charged by the DOJ for alleged criminal wrongdoings,’’ she said.

Detained senator Leila De Lima (photo credit to owner)

“Secretary Guevarra might have been hiding under a rock for a good part in the early months of this administration to be unaware of the daily character assassination, slut-shaming, and trial by publicity that Duterte and his officials subjected me to, but definitely the US Senators were not,’’ she added.
The detained opposition senator maintains that the US lawmakers know, while Guevarra apparently did not, that the whole government machinery, first and foremost, the House of Representatives (HR) and the DOJ, was mobilized by his boss (President Duterte) to malign my reputation and fabricate criminal charges against me on the basis of the statements of convicted criminals and other perjured witnesses.
“I am sure that the US Senators are better informed than him about my cases if he has at all even bothered to familiarize himself with the cases his department has filed against me. As DOJ Secretary, he has continued the legal persecution started by his infamous predecessor by maintaining the criminal convicts as state witnesses against me, even if they are disqualified by law,’’ she said.



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