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De Lima thanks US Senate for "standing strong for larger truths" @ 2020-01-13 20:05 Back Hot News
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DE LIMA SAID THAT THE US SENATE』S UNANIMOUS APPROVAL OF RESOLUTION 142 IS 「A WATERSHED IN THE HISTORY OF KEEPING DEMOCRACY AND HUMAN RIGHTS ACCOUNTABILITY IN THE COUNTRY AND THE ROLE THE US PLAY IN ENSURING IT.」
DE LIMA, A JUSTICE MINISTER IN A FORMER ADMINISTRATION, ON WEDNESDAY EXPRESSED WHAT SHE DESCRIBED AS OVERWHELMING GRATITUDE TO THE U.S. CONGRESS FOR ITS HELP.
MARKEY IS THE AUTHOR OF US SENATE RESOLUTION 142 WHICH CONDEMNS DE LIMA"S CONTINUED DETENTION AND DENOUNCES HUMAN RIGHTS OFFENDERS IN EXTRAJUDICIAL KILLINGS AS WELL AS THE HARASSMENT OF THE MEDIA IN THE PHILIPPINES, PARTICULARLY OF RAPPLER"S MARIA RESSA.
WHAT US SENATORS DEMAND: AFTER FIRST MOVING TO DENY PHILIPPINE LAWMAKERS ENTRY TO THE US THROUGH A BAN IN THE US STATE DEAPARTMENT"S 2020 BUDGET, LAWMAKERS IN THE US SENATE SOUGHT FURTHER ACTION BY PASSING A RESOLUTION THAT SEEKS ACCOUNTABILITY AMONG PHILIPPINE OFFICIALS FOR HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS IN THE COUNTRY.
IN AN E-MAILED STATEMENT TO SENATE REPORTERS,DE LIMA DEPLORED PANELO』S REMARKS ON THE US TRAVEL BAN. 「PANELO SAYS HE HOPESTHE US SECRETARY OF STATE IS MORE PROPERLY INFORMED THAN THE US SENATORS WHOINTRODUCED THE AMENDMENT ON THE US TRAVEL BAN, AN AMENDMENT THAT WASUNANIMOUSLY APPROVED AT THE COMMITTEE LEVEL AND PASSED BY THE WHOLE US CONGRESS,』」DE LIMA SAID.
BLOGGER RJ NIETO, WHO WAS AMONG A LIST OF PEOPLE DE LIMA TAGGED AS HER PERSECUTORS, TRIED TO DISCREDIT THE US TRAVEL BAN, CLAIMING IT WAS NOWHERE IN THE BUDGET MEASURE』S DOCUMENT ITSELF. HOWEVER, DURBIN』S STAFF AND DE LIMA EXPLAINED THAT THE US BUDGET IS OUTLINED IN SEVERAL DOCUMENTS, SUCH AS THE US STATE DEPARTMENT』S 2020 BUDGET THAT CLEARLY STATES THE PROVISION ON DE LIMA.
THE US LAWMAKERS WERE BEHIND THE US SENATE RESOLUTION AND AN AMENDMENT TO THE US BUDGET BILL THAT DENIES US VISAS TO PHILIPPINE GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS WHO SUPPORTED MS. DE LIMA’S DETENTION.
「IN PASSING THIS RESOLUTION, THE UNITED STATES SENATE MAKES CLEAR THAT THE DUTERTE GOVERNMENT MUST END ITS HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES. PREVENTING SENATORS AND AMERICANS FROM SETTING FOOT IN THE PHILIPPINES WILL NOT HELP THE DUTERTE GOVERNMENT BRUSH UNDER THE RUG STATE-SANCTIONED EXTRAJUDICIAL KILLINGS. NO ARBITRARY DETENTION OR ILLEGITIMATE CHARGE CAN OBSCURE THE FACT THAT SENATOR DE LIMA, MARIA RESSA, AND ALL THOSE WHO SPEAK TRUTH TO POWER EXEMPLIFY THE HIGHEST DEMOCRATIC IDEALS,」 THE US LAWMAKERS SAID IN THE STATEMENT.
THAT IS OUR JUSTICE SYSTEM. THERE IS NO NEED FOR THE US SENATE TO SEND ITS LEGAL STAFF TO INVESTIGATE THE IMPRISONMENT OF SENATOR DE LIMA. THE ARREST AND PROSECUTION OF SENATOR DE LIMA WAS TELEVISED LIVE NATIONWIDE BY SEVERAL TV NETWORKS, INCLUDING CNN PHILIPPINES. SURELY, THE VAST AND HIGH-TECH INTELLIGENCE NETWORK OF THE US STATE DEPARTMENT CLOSELY MONITORED THE GOVERNMENT』S ACTION AGAINST HER AS IT HAS TO DO WITH HUMAN RIGHTS. THE US IS A SIGNATORY TO THE UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS — AS IS THE PHILIPPINES.
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DURBIN AND LEAHY WERE ALSO BEHIND THE INSERTION OF A PROVISION IN THE US NATIONAL BUDGET FOR 2020 BANNING THE ENTRY OF DE LIMA’S JAILERS INTO THE US.
“US HAS ALWAYS DEMANDED THAT FILIPINOS WHO WANT TO GO TO THE US MUST OBTAIN A US VISA, WHAT’S WRONG WITH DEMANDING THE SAME FROM THEM?” HE SAID.
「WE ARE A DEMOCRATIC GOVERNMENT AND THE PRESIDENT HAS BEEN DULY ELECTED BY AN OVERWHELMING MAJORITY. HE CONTINUES TO HAVE AN UNPRECEDENTED APPROVAL RATING OF 87% AND A TRUST RATING OF 83% OF THE FILIPINO PEOPLE. AUTOCRACY HAS NO PLACE IN THIS REPUBLIC,」 HE ADDED.
DUTERTE ALSO ORDERED THE IMMIGRATION BUREAU TO BAN U.S. SENATORS PATRICK LEAHY AND DICK DURBIN FROM THE PHILIPPINES FOR INTRODUCING A PROVISION IN THE U.S. 2020 BUDGET SUPPORTING SENATOR LEILA DE LIMA -- WHO HAS BEEN CRITICIZING DUTERTE’S DRUG CRACKDOWNS SINCE HE WAS A LOCAL MAYOR -- PRESIDENTIAL SPOKESMAN SALVADOR PANELO SAID AT A BRIEFING ON FRIDAY.

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