Friday, February 24, 2017
On the Arrest of Senator Leila De Lima
"Senator Leila De Lima's arrest based on baseless accusations is outright political persecution and a travesty of the country’s justice system. It is a throwback to an authoritarian past. It highlights the slow death of our democracy and rule of law.
This sets a dangerous precedent for the government to arrest and incarcerate individuals that it perceives as its enemies, on the basis only of mere allegations and without due process. In the first place, the complaint was based only on the testimony of convicted drug lords who were used as state witnesses, in violation of the Witness Protection Act that states that those previously convicted of crimes involving moral turpitude cannot be state witnesses.
By stopping at nothing to persecute Sen. Leila, the state sends a chilling message to all—political dissent under this administration will not be tolerated. All those who will oppose will be destroyed.
Hindi si Senator De Lima ang sinuko ngayon kundi ang demokrasya. Sinuko ng gobyerno ang demokrasya ng bayan. Laway lang ang puhunan, pwede ka nang kasuhan at ipakulong ng gobyerno.
The arrest of Senator De Lima also demonstrated the government's two-faced sense of justice. The government filed cases against Senator De Lima, yet, it will acquit pork barrel mastermind Janet Lim Napoles from the Benhur Luy illegal detention case. President Duterte is hellbent on sending our colleague to jail but the likes of Peter Lim and Jack Lam continue to evade the long arm of the law. Dubious drug charges were filed against the senator while the cases of real high-profile drug traffickers will be dropped.
I call on the people to exercise vigilance. I call on them to publicly express their strong disapproval of the blatant abuse of our justice system for political persecution. " - Senator Risa Hontiveros
If theatrics were the subject matter, many would say Duterte had his fair share of the drama.
We cannot deny that it is not only Duterte who has taken issues on a personal manner. His own "quoted" and "published" statements would prove that he is furious with De Lima, and the rest of his staunch detractors like Trillanes, etc. including his disgusts with foreign leaders and organizations ..
We know that the heads of the system(s) that were supposed to be protecting us are actually the ones who are manipulating, spinning and twisting everything to their own advantage.
The ones who sit in Malacang get the upper-hand, but that was also the same with Marcos before, and yet the time came when he and his family were driven (or flown) away from the country.
In short, everyone will get their just deserves... just wait for it ...for no one will remain in power especially if it is forced upon the people.
Of course, we cannot trust the court since it is manned by people who could easily be influenced (mostly everyone has a price) or forced (the few who go against are threatened, tortured, murdered, etc.,) ... There have been many cases when evil men get away because the court uses the loopholes and technicalities, or are rumored to be paid off to change their verdicts
I would like to believe there is a higher power that would put down all that are unjust and unfair.