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PNP followed protocol in barring De Lima’s foreign visitor — Palace

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By Genalyn Kabiling

The decision of the Philippine National Police to bar a foreign visitor of detained Senator Leila de Lima has nothing to do with politics, Malacañang asserted Sunday.

Senator Leila de Lima (MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

Senator Leila de Lima
(MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said the police simply followed protocol when Liberal International president Juli Minoves was not included in the visitors’ list of De Lima last Saturday.

“Our authorities are strictly following protocols in the PNP Custodial Center.  It is unfortunate that the name of Mr. Juli Minoves, President of Liberal International, was not included in the list of approved visitors scheduled to see Senator Leila De Lima on that day,” he said.

Abella pointed that Minoves’ companions were allowed to enter the detention facility and visit De Lima because their names were on the list.

“There is no need to add political color to an issue which has none,” he added.

Minoves, who flew from Europe to Manila to meet with De Lima, has expressed dismay over being deprived the opportunity to visit the senator.

He suspected that he was banned entry to the police facility after submitting a letter to the United Nations complaining about the “deterioration of the state of democracy and the rule of law in the Philippines” last month.

De Lima is currently detained inside Camp Crame pending a trial on alleged involvement in the illegal drug trade.

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  • armando villegas

    so sad that some foreign groups supporting delima as drug lords protector while she is government official DOJ … wait until delima case in the court reach in decision then they can visit anytime

  • T Infante

    So sad that some foreign meddling fools supporting the Drug Queen while she was the head on DOJ. They are in the wrong side of the line protecting criminality.

  • Joon X

    GOD BLESS PHILIPPINES!!! Thank you Mr President Duterte for LOVING and CARING our country. from Dublin, Ireland

  • Trinidad Norma

    Ban foreign visitors to visit and interview a Criminal Delima, it will only bring problems meddling in internal affairs of the country, where have you seen a Criminal on Drug Trafficking can be interviewed, foreign visitors shld be prohibited!