De Lima slams Duterte admin for rights abuses amid COVID-19

De Lima slams Duterte admin for rights abuses amid COVID-19

Detained opposition senator Leila De Lima took the opportunity to slam the Duterte administration and blamed the leadership in Malacanang from silently supporting violence as against violators of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).

“Kinakapos sa essential supplies at equipment para sugpuin ang pagkalat ng (coronavirus disease) COVID-19, pero sa pag-abuso ng karapatang pantao unli ang gobyerno!” De Lima said in a dispatch from Camp Crame.

You are short on essential supplies and equipment to fight the spread of COVID-19 but in abusing human rights the government has unlimited power!)

opposition senator Leila De Lima
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“Huwag n’yong gawing punching bag ng frustration n’yo ang taumbayan dahil pumapalpak kayo. Baka nakakalimutan ninyong dinadanas natin ang kalbaryong ito dahil mismo sa inyo. Kayo ang nagpapasok ng Chinese Communist Party (CCP) virus sa atin. Kayo ang hindi kaagad kumilos. Minaliit n’yo ito sa umpisa at tinawanan. Tapos ngayong lulugo-lugo na tayo sa bigat na dala ng COVID-19 ang hahatawin ninyo ay karapatang pantao,” the detained opposition senator stressed.

(Do not let out your frustration on the citizens just because you are failing. Maybe you are forgetting that the suffering we are experiencing now is because of you. You are the ones who allowed the CCP virus to enter the country. You are the ones who did nothing. You downplayed the situating from the start and laughed at it. And now that you are struggling from the burden of COVID-19, you are targeting human rights.)

De Lima’s  statement came after different incidents wherein government authorities are abusing ECQ violators.

“Your attitude there in Malacañang becomes the behavioral response of the ECQ enforcers in the communities. You blame the public, asperse them as “pasaway (stubborn),” and have the nerve lambasting the people ‘mahiya naman kayo (you should be ashamed),'” De Lima stressed.

“You paint an image of unruly, disobedient, and lawless citizens to justify your lust for martial law—the reason some of our ECQ enforcers get the wrong message and see the situation more as a peace-and-order crisis than as a serious health concern,” she added.

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