MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang has on Saturday (14 December 2019) called a Senate resolution ordering the immediate release of Senator Leila De Lima from detention an affront to the country’s sovereignty.
Aside from De Lima, the US Senate resolution which was signed by five US Senators also ordered the Philippine government to drop all charges against Rappler CEO Maria Ressa Robles.
“It is a brazen and heedless affront against the dignity not only of the Philippine Government but of our country’s sovereignty as well,” Palace Spokesperson Sal Panelo said on his Facebook account.
“It is an undisguised and outrageous intrusion to a sovereign state. There can be no excuse for the US Senate Committee not to know that the Philippines has long ceased to be a colony of the United States,” Panelo added.
Earlier, Philippine Senate President Tito Sotto and Senator Imee Marcos also voiced the same concern calling the move of their US counterparts as a direct intrusion against a sovereign state like the Philippines.
“We are a sovereign nation. We have our own judicial processes. What will they say if we pass a resolution asking the US to put in jail all abortionists in their country considering abortion is illegal in ours?” Sotto was quoted as saying by mainstream media last Thursday (12 December 2019).
For Marcos, the said US resolution is an outright intrusion.
“Sa palagay ko, talagang garapal na pakikialam yon. Kaya tigilan na nila. Hindi na tayo little brown brother,” Marcos said. “Hindi na tayo colony ng Amerika. Kaya dapat, konting respeto rin.”
Senate Resolution 142, was entitled “Condemning the Government of the Philippines for its continued detention of Senator Leila De Lima, calling for her immediate release, and for other purposes.”
“The Senate considers Senator De Lima to be a prisoner of conscience, detained solely on account of her political views and the legitimate exercise of her freedom of expression [and] calls on the Government of the Philippines to immediately release Senator De Lima, drop all charges against her, remove restrictions on her personal and work conditions and allow her to fully discharge her legislative mandate, especially as Chair of the Committee on Social Justice.”
Aside from this, the resolution also urged the Duterte administration to drop all charges against Rappler and its CEO and executive editor Maria Ressa. (IAMIGO/CNS)