Unconstitutional! Chel Diokno slams PNP for ban on visitors for Sen. De Lima

Unconstitutional! Chel Diokno slams PNP for ban on visitors for Sen. De Lima




Chel Diokno as the current chairman of the Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG) just made a statement regarding the continued denial of visitors to detained opposition senator Leila De Lima is a direct violation of the latter’s constitutional rights as well as established international laws.



“It’s a blatant violation of the Constitution and of international treaties which our government is legally bound to follow,” he said in his social media post.

“Sen. Leila is innocent until proven guilty, and must be treated that way,” he pointed out.
FLAG chai Chel Diokno and inset is Sen. Leila De Lima
(photo credit  to owner)

The erstwhile defeated Otso diretso candidate made the statement when he along with senator De Lima’s Chief of Staff Atty. Fhillip Sawali, apriest Father Flavie Villanueva upon presentation of their ID’s was made to wait for the detained senator and was eventually denied by the Philippine National Police (PNP) entry in visiting the senator, last June 5.

“This just confirms the incommunicado detention of Sen. Leila,” Diokno said in his social media posts.
“Hindi ito makatao,” he stressed.

The PNP explains that it is just implementing the rules regarding the possivle spreading of the novel coronavirus 209 disease or COVID-19 inside the PNP Camp Crame detention facilities.
De Lima who is considered as the fiercest critic of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte in the Senate has been detained since 2017 for her alleged involvement in proliferation of illegal drugs in the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntinlupa city.




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