US Senate's act in support of De Lima - a form of bullying!

US Senate's act in support of De Lima - a form of bullying!

Malacanang will not sit still and just pass it by, as it slammed American senators for requesting US President Donald Trump to impose sanction on Philippine officials allegedly behind the “wrongful detention” of opposition senator Leila De Lima.

In a statement, Presidential Spokesperson Atty. Salvador Panelo said the "misguided" US senators apparently relied on "bogus" narratives of President Rodrigo Duterte's enemies.

"The Palace expresses its disappointment over US Senate Resolution 142 calling upon the US President to impose sanctions on Philippine government officials purportedly behind the arrest and detention of Senator de Lima, as well as the supposed extrajudicial killings in the country," Panelo said.
Presidential Spokesperson Atty. Salvador Panelo
(photo credit to PNA)
"While the Philippine government continues to respect the US Senate as an institution, the Palace finds the posture and conviction of its prejudiced members misguided, as the same are anchored on an erroneous premise culled from bogus narratives of President Duterte's usual antagonists," he added.
As per the US Senate website : Senate Resolution 142, titled "A resolution condemning the Government of the Philippines for its continued detention of Senator Leila de Lima, calling for her immediate release, and for other purposes", was marked "Agreed to in Senate."

Panelo called the US Senate's latest act as a form of "bullying".

"We will not be bullied by any foreign country or by its officials, especially by misinformed and gullible politicians who grandstand at our expense," he said.
Opposition Senator Leila De Lima has been in detention since February 2017 due to her alleged involvement in the rampant narcotics sale inside the national penitentiary during her stint as justice secretary.

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