Stop ignoring human rights concerns in PH : Sen. De Lima to Pres. Duterte

Stop ignoring human rights concerns in PH : Sen. De Lima to Pres. Duterte

Detained opposition senator Leila De Lima is not stopping in calling out President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s alleged human rights abuses brought about by his national policy regarding the illegal drug trade.
She alleges that the President must “stop ignoring” the growing global concerns about the human rights abuses being done by his government in pursuit of his relentless war on illegal drugs which has started when he assumed the office in Malacanang.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Amnesty International (AI) reported continuous human rights abuses in the country over the past three years, according to the detained senator.
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and opposition senator Leila De Lima
(photo credit to CNN Phils)

“Since he became President in 2016, Mr. Duterte has consistently and arrogantly ignored damning reports, based on solid research and investigation, from HRW and AI,” De Lima said.
“He would brag about his participation on murder, rape and other crimes in his public speeches, but will also conveniently deny his involvement in encouraging extrajudicial killings and summary executions in his skewed public order policies,” she said.
De Lima one of the fiercest critics of President Duterte has described  HRW and AI as “highly regarded human rights research and advocacy groups.”

“Instead of burying his head in the sand in face of the growing global uproar on the descent of humanity and accountability in the country, Duterte should face these reports head on instead of beating his chest in his public appearances,” she said.
“The walls of justice are closing in on you, Mr. President. Despite your numerous attempts to evade it, history has repeatedly proven that accountability is sure to come to those who abuse power for their personal gain,” the opposition senator added.
 HRW and AI as “highly regarded human rights research and advocacy groups.”

De Lima is being detained based on the testimonies of high  profile convicts who claimed she was involved in the drug trade at the national penitentiary during her time as justice chief. 
The opposition senator has denied the allegations and maintains everything is politically charged.

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