Duterte slams U.S., says De Lima’s case underwent due process

Duterte slams U.S., says De Lima’s case underwent due process

The President slams anew the United States of America (USA) for their demand to release from opposition senator Leila De Lima, who have been detained for drug charges since February of 2017.
In his speech before the attendees of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts’ 12th Ani ng Dangal, the President explained his decision to terminate the country’s Visiting Forces Agreement with the U.S.

“Every day, in the newspaper and in the halls of the Senate of the United States, we were being portrayed as a Republic incapable of administering simple justice. Araw-araw yan, and sad to say, the other political party used it, at sumakay itong Left and some of them are already employed in the US Congress as employees,” according to the President.
Senator Leila De Lima and President Rodrigo Roa Duterte
(photo credit to owner)

“But when the Senate placed in the colatilla doon sa mga aid, aid na naibigay, na tayo being portrayed as incapable of investigating extrajudicial killings, but most of all, we were pictured to have persecuted and committed a grave injustice to a certain person. I am referring to de Lima,” he added.
President Duterte maintains that De Lima is not a victim of political persecution and that her case has always been in accordance with our existing laws.
“They were demanding that we release de Lima. Si de Lima, dumaan ng imbestigasyon. And the investigation had been brought to the Supreme Court to decide whether or not everything was in order, and the Supreme Court said it is.

“Ang problema nitong Amerikano, they kept on hammering and demanding the release, and then threatening na ‘yung mga Filipino officials in government who were one way or another connected with the case, whether as a investigator or a prosecutor or even the Supreme Court, which rendered an opinion on a certain point to the case, lahat, hindi naman sinabi, not in so many words, but said that they will cancel or deny entry,” he said.

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