De Lima to Locsin : US senators’ reso on EJK, rights abuses in PH ‘legal, binding’

De Lima to Locsin : US senators’ reso on EJK, rights abuses in PH ‘legal, binding’

Detained opposition senator Leila De Lima is firing back at Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin, Jr. , for calling as “idiotic” a US Senate resolution calling for her immediate release.

Over the weekend, Locsin said  “(E)ven a Philippine Senate resolution is not one of the ways of ending a criminal trial; there’s only acquittal or conviction or dismissal by a demurrer to evidence.”

“But a US Senate resolution? Aside from separation of powers there’s the independence of nations,” the DFA Sec. pointed out.

DFA Sec. Teddy Boy Locsin Jr., and Senator Leila De Lima
(photo credit to owner)

The Liberal Party senator has been in detention since February 2017 on illegal drug charges, and such fact has not deterred her in attacking or criticizing the current President Rodrigo Roa Duterte administration.

The Lady senator more than a couple of times denied the so-called trump up charges filed against her.

“You cannot be that naïve or close-minded in failing or refusing to see what the rest of the world sees: that the charges against me are pure fiction, a product of orchestrated lies assembled by certain officials and operators on explicit orders of Duterte as the highlight of his personal vendetta against me,” de Lima said

She explains that the US senators only wanted to point at that  “there are consequences to my continuous persecution by Duterte and his officials” 
including the entry ban and and freezing and forfeiture of US assets.

“Locsin knows or ought to know that this threat of consequences is perfectly legal and binding insofar as the US is concerned,” The opposition senator went on.

De Lima said the foreign affairs secretary could still choose whether to “continuously identify” himself as “among the cohorts or enablers, or regain your brilliant legal mind.”

“I am sure the former is already tiresome, as you yourself must admit that among them, you are in the company of idiots,” she said.

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