US Senate Resolution calls out PH Govt to release De Lima

US Senate Resolution calls out PH Govt to release De Lima

A US senate resolution 142 of its foreign relations committee sponsored by Sens. Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) and Edward Markey (D-Massachusetts) was passed which calls out the Philippine government to drop the charges and  release detained senator Leila De Lima.

The resolution describes opposition senator De Lima as : “prisoner of conscience, detained solely on account of her political views and the legitimate exercise of her freedom of expression.”

It urges the Duterte led government to immediately release the opposition senator who has been detained in Camp Crame since 2017.

Detained Senator Leila de Lima
(photo credit to owner) 

The resolution also condemned the extrajudicial killings allegedly perpetrated by government authorities in pursuance of the directive from President Rodrigo Roa Duterte in the eradication of illegal drugs, detention of human right defenders and the harassment of and arrest against journalists, particularly online news outfit Rappler and its CEO Maria Ressa.

“Glad to see Senate Foreign Relations Committee pass @SenMarkey’s resolution, that I proudly cosponsored, calling on the government of the Philippines to ends the troubling detention of Filipina Sen. Leila de Lima and harassment of @rapplerdotcom journalist Maria Ressa,” Durbin wrote on Twitter.

“For over 1,000 days now, @SenLeiladeLima has languished in prison. Her crime: standing for human rights and good governance in the Philippines,” senator Ed Markey said in Twitter.

And he described the approval of the resolution “demonstrates broad support for accountability in [De Lima’s] case and with others.

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Senate Resolution 142 was also co-sponsored by Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Florida), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tennessee) and Chris Coons (D-Delaware).

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