US senator tells Duterte admin: Give De Lima fair, public trial

first_img“I have always stood up for the right ofjournalists to report the news in the United States and around the world and noone can force me to stop standing up for their rights,” Leahy said. President Rodrigo Duterte has tasked theBureau of Immigration to bar Leahy and his colleague Sen. Dick Durbin fromentering the country for seeking the ban of Filipino officials behind thearrest of De Lima. If ever the US pushes through with theban on Filipino officials over De Lima’s case, Malacañang said Americansplanning to visit the Philippines would be required to secure a visa. Aside from De Lima, Leahy also expressedsupport for Rappler CEO Maria Ressa, who is facing libel and tax-relatedcharges along with her company. MANILA – United States Sen. PatrickLeahy has urged the Philippine government to provide Sen. Leila de Lima a fairand public trial with regards to the illegal drug trade charges against her. In a statement on Sunday, Leahy saidthat De Lima should be released from detention with the drug charges filedagainst her “politically motivated.” A provision in the US 2020 budget on“Prohibition on Entry” allows US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to bar foreigngovernment officials from entering the US if he has “credible information” ontheir involvement in the “wrongful imprisonment” of De Lima./PNlast_img

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