MANILA- Malacañang mocked Thursday detained opposition Sen. Leila de Lima’s list of “persecutors” for inclusion in the United States travel ban, saying the lawmaker should have included herself.
“She’s forgetting that she’s also a violator of human rights. Kaya nga siya nakademanda eh (That’s why she’s on trial)!” Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo said.
“O baka—Kung hindi niya nilagay ‘yung pangalan niya doon na number one, eh... mali ‘yung listahan niya on the assumption na totoo ‘yung sinasabi niya. Kasama siya doon dapat,” he added.
(If she didn’t include her name on the list, assuming it’s true, then it’s wrong. She should be there.)
De Lima earlier said she submitted the list through the US Embassy in Manila around the second week of January this year.
The US Congress, through the US Fiscal Year 2020 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill which US President Donald Trump signed into law in December last year, tasked the US State Department to apply the law banning human rights violators from entering American soil.
Panelo added that implementing the ban would be up to the US.
De Lima has been detained for 3 years over allegations that she received kickbacks from jailed drug lords during her time as justice chief.
She however has repeatedly denied the allegations, calling her detention “political persecution.”