Manila, Philippines – Tinawag na ignorante ng Malakanyang si US Senator Patrick Leahy sa pagdating sa batas na umiiral sa bansa.
May kinalaman ito sa sinabi ni Leahy na “wrongfully imprisoned” si Senador Leila de Lima.
Si Leahy ang co-sponsored ng amendment na nagpanukala na i-ban na makapasok sa US ang kahit na sinumang Philippine official na sangkot sa pagpapakulong kay de Lima na sa kalaunan ay inaprubahan ng US Senate committee.
Sinopla ni Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo si Leahy dahil sa kasalatan nito sa kaalaman ukol sa Philippine laws at hindi man lamang nagsagawa ng personal na pagsusuri sa kaso ng senadora lalo pa’t hindi pa siya nakapupunta sa Pilipinas.
Binigyang diin ni Sec. Panelo na ang US Senator ay walang “an iota of proof” at nagsasalita lamang “not only of blissful ignorance but unscented abuse”.
“Senator Leahy’s statement assumes he has sufficient knowledge of our substantive and procedural laws that constitute our country’s justice system. It further assumes that he personally examined the record folder of the case and after evaluating it concluded that there was an abuse in the judicial process De Lima underwent. Both assumptions do not exist as the good US Senator is ignorant of our procedural rules subjecting a person charged with the commission of a crime. Neither has he set foot in the country for the sole purpose of personally examining the case of De Lima that he may have a reasonable basis to buttress his proposal,” ang litaniya ni Sec. Panelo.
Sa kabilang dako, sa isyu ng pang-aabuso ay sinabi ni Sec. Panelo na tila ang tinutukoy ni Leahy ay ukol sa pansarili nitong freedom of expression dahil sa kanyang “baseless conclusion.”
“He waxes a false and malicious narrative against our government officials with unparalleled arrogance and without a glint of remorse,” ang pahayag pa ni Sec. Panelo sabay sabing “That such totally baseless conclusion comes from a Senator of the United States of America, a country that prides itself as a bulwark of democracy and observer of due process, is bad enough and a continuing disappointment. If Senator Leahy is a lawyer then that makes it worse and unpardonable.”
Samantala, ipinaliwanag naman ni Sec. Panelo na walang abuse abuse of power dahil ang ginawa kay de Lima ay dumaan sa due process na isa sa constitutional requirement.
“For the enlightenment of Senator Leahy, there would been abuse in the case of Senator De Lima if she was formally charged without the existence of a probable cause and if she was arrested without a warrant of arrest or if a warrant of arrest was issued by a judge without a finding of probable or if during the preliminary investigation she was not afforded the opportunity to submit countervailing evidence in her behalf,” aniya pa rin.
— Kris Jose
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Sen. Panelo kay US Senator Leahy: ‘Ignorante sa batas ng Pinas’