Liberal Party senators are worried that the Duterte administration would railroad the charges against Senator Leila de Lima.
Senator Kiko Pangilinan, Bam Aquino and Franklin Drilon have come out to defend De Lima on the plan to arrest her for protecting drug lords inside New Bilibid Prison.
The three senators, in a joint statements warned against the possibility of using criminal “as political tool, propaganda, and smokescreen or distractions for the public.”
“Filing charges and issuing warrants of arrest without credible evidence or witness is illegal and unjust –whether ordinary Filipino or senator.” they said
“We call on the Department of Justice to honor the rule of law and due process by supporting the Ombudsman’s investigation, as they should have when its fact-finding investigation commenced in November 2016,” they added
“We also call on the public to remain vigilant and to cultivate a discerning eye and a critical mind for truth and justice,” said Pangilinan, Drilon and Aquino.