Pangilinan say US Senators' resolution re De Lima's release is not interference.

Pangilinan say US Senators' resolution re De Lima's release is not interference.

Another opposition senator has defended the US lawmakers call to the Philippine government for the release of detained senator Leila De Lima.

Liberal Party’s Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan, joins his colleague senator Risa Hontiveros that the resolution of the United States of America lawmakers is not an act of interference to purely Philippine affairs.

Senator Francis Pangilinan (photo credit to owner)

Pangilinan cited past actions of the Philippine Senate, in 2005 it adopted Resolution 191, which expressed the sense of the Senate that Myanmar should not assume chairmanship of the ASEAN in light of Aung San Suu Kyi's house arrest and political persecution and the continued violation of civil and political rights in that country.

In 2009, Philippine Senate approved a resolution thanking US Congress for passing a bill granting recognition and benefits to Filipino World War II veterans.
Pangilinan further said, in 2012, the Senate approved Resolution 130, which expressed support for Cambodia in its efforts to promote parliamentary and inclusive democracy by having fair and credible elections free from violence and electoral fraud.
“These, as are the US legislators' proposed resolutions on Sen. De Lima, are expressions of solidarity, which like humanity, knows no boundary,” said Pangilinan.
US senators composed of Democrats Ed Markey, Chris Coons, and Dick Durbin and Republicans Marco Rubio, and Marsha Blackburn condemned the "state-sanctioned extrajudicial killings" in the Philippines as part of the Duterte administration's war on drugs, and called for the dropping of charges against Rappler CEO US citizen Maria Ressa.
According to their resolution opposition senator De Lima should be considered a "prisoner of conscience," who detained "solely on account of her political views and legitimate exercise of her freedom of expression." 
Senate President Vicente Sotto III, Senators Panfilo Lacson, and Gregorio Honasan filed Senate Resolution 1037 on Wednesday to denounce the US lawmakers' proposed Resolutions 233 and 142 for "being an affront to the sovereignty of the Republic of the Philippines and an undue interference in its judicial process."

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