Malacañang on De Lima: "We Wish Her Well"

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque (CTTO)

Fresh News: Mr. Harry Roque, the newly appointed Presidential spokesperson told when asked in an interview, that the acquittal of Senator Leila de Lima depends on the court's discretion, but nevertheless, the Palace still, wishes her well.

In an interview with CNN, Roque answered that it is "up to the courts" when questioned if De Lima will be released soon.

He also said that the Philippines has it's working judicial system that is there to decide and resolve her case.

"We have a working judicial system in the Philippines, very much patterned after the American system. We could fault the Philippines for many things, but what we are proud of is an independent and strong judiciary," the spokesperson said.

Roque was also asked of his own judgement about the senator's release but he identified De Lima's inertness when she was Justice Secretary, that unluckily, the senator was not able to resolve problems during her time that's why she is now paying the price of her actions.

"Senator Leila de Lima was Justice Secretary for six years, head of the Human Rights Commission for three, she knew there was a problem in the legal system," Roque said.

He also added, "Unfortunately, she did not do anything to alleviate the problem. And she is now basically suffering the price of ignoring the need to institute necessary reform in the judiciary. So, I wish her well, the administration wishes her well. But she has to be treated like anyone else,"

De Lima who is presently detained at the Philippine National Police Custodial Center in Camp Crame, Quezon City and is fronting different drug-related charges one of which is the narcotics business inside the New Bilibid Prison during her term, asked the Supreme Court to counter and cancel the court's decision of her arrest.

The detained senator also argued that the Sandiganbayan and not the criminal court, is rightful to look and had the right to resolve her case but the Supreme Court declined her argument.

It can also be recalled that last October, the high court already discarded De Lima's begging request to revoke her arrest order issued by Judge Juanita Guerrero of the Muntinlupa City Regional Trial Court Branch 204 on February 23 for alleged proceeding of illegal drug trades.

Source: GMA News

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  1. Hehehe! Good style, Mr. Roque. I think I know what you are doing, but I wont bet on it. There's no honor among thieves.

    1. A strong judicial system says Spox but then laments she drove a horse and carriage through it. Do I smell bullshit or just the ramblings of another febrile minded mouthpiece. Oh dear, oh dear what convoluted un-realities is the daily diet served up to the Filipino.