De Lima arrest meant to silence criticism vs Duterte: Amnesty Int’l

News Philippines Feb 24, 2017 at 3:16 pm
SEN. LEILA DE LIMA  PHOTO: ABS-CBN News

SEN. LEILA DE LIMA PHOTO: ABS-CBN News

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MANILA- Human rights group Amnesty International has condemned the looming arrest of Senator Leila de Lima, saying the charges against her are “politically motivated.”

In a statement Thursday, AI said the arrest of De Lima “is a blatant attempt by the Philippine government to silence criticism of President Duterte” and divert attention away from alleged human rights violations in the government’s campaign against illegal drugs.

A Regional Trial Court (RTC) has ordered the arrest of Senator Leila de Lima for her alleged involvement in the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) illegal drug trade.

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