‘Foul and unfair:’ De Lima questions her continued exclusions from Senate sessions

‘Foul and unfair:’ De Lima questions her continued exclusions from Senate sessions

Foul and unfair.

That is how detained opposition senator Leila De Lima would describe her continued detention and exclusion from being able to participate in the upcoming Senate sessions.

De Lima made known her sentiments when Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto said the opposition senator might not be allowed to participate in the Senate’s online sessions once the sessions resumes next week because as it is she remains under the jurisdiction of the courts and the Philippine National Police (PNP).
Opposition senator Leila De Lima
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“The decision of the Senate leadership to exclude me from participating in Senate sessions via teleconferencing, under amended rules to be adopted, is nothing but a continuation of this administration’s efforts to silence me and prevent me from fully performing my duties as a Senator,” the opposition senator said in a dispatch from Camp Crame in Quezon city.

“Foul and unfair! This is petty politics,” she said. She added that Sotto’s remarks were “completely and absolutely misinformed.”

The former Department of Justice (DOJ) under the Pnoy Aquino administration has been detained since February 2017 over what she calls a “trumped up” drug charges, argued that her detention is only geared to limit her mobility and ability to travel.

“The ruling of the Supreme Court on this matter is clear. As long as I stay in the detention center, there is nothing that prevents me from performing my job as a duly-elected Senator,” she said.

“The jurisdiction of the court is not affected by my participation in Senate hearings via electronic means,” she added.

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