Sotto:“Mga pakialamero (US senators) hindi naman nila alam ang kaso "

Sotto:“Mga pakialamero (US senators) hindi naman nila alam ang kaso "

Senate President Vicente Sotto III is treating the proposal by a United States senator on deny entry into the United States Philippine officials who are behind the detention of Senator Leila de Lima, as nothing but garbage

He said, they are giving comments without dully understanding the full details of senator Leila De Limas’s case

“Mga pakialamero hindi naman nila alam ang kaso (They like to meddle but they do not know what the case is about),” Sotto said

Senate President Vicente Sotto III
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“She is innocent until proven guilty but those U.S. senators are not judges here in the Philippines,” he added.

Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson wants to clarify if such proposed banned will include all of the people involved in the case — including members of the Department of Justice (DOJ), Regional Trial Court (RTC) judges, and witnesses presented

“I can’t make sense of that piece of legislation. Does it mean that all the witnesses who have testified against Sen de Lima,  DOJ prosecutors who found probable cause, the RTC judges who issued the arrest warrants against her, even the 9 SC justices who voted with finality to affirm her detention last year will be banned from entering the US?” Lacson asked in a separate message.

“I don’t think our own legislature, no matter the perceived weaknesses and flaws we may suffer from would even consider conducting a committee hearing in case a legislator will file a bill of similar nature,” he added.

It was reported that US senate appropriations committee approved the amendment proposed by Senators Richard Durbin and Patrick Leachywhich if approved will pave the way for the prohibition of Philippine public officials who were allegedly behind De Lima’s detention, will be barred from entering the U.S.

De Lima’s allies in the senate are happy despite the perceived intrusion of some US senators in a purely internal matter, they even call the move of the US senator’s as  a move in solidarity with the senator De Lima

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