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Roque urges minority senators not to politicize courts

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By Genalyn Kabiling

Malacañang has urged minority senators not to politicize and influence the courts following their call for the release of Senator Leila de Lima.

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque said the local courts must be allowed to work “free from political interference.”

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque (left), Senator Leila De Lima (MANILA BULLETIN)

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque (left), Senator Leila De Lima (MANILA BULLETIN)

“Happy First Anniversary in detention, Senator Leila De Lima,” Roque said during a press conference in Iloilo.

“As to the call of the senators, that’s up to the courts. I hope the senators will not politicize our courts. Let our courts function as they should, free from political interference. I’m appealing to the opposition senators, do not influence the judges,” he added.

Five senators recently filed a resolution to call for the immediate release of De Lima, who will mark her first year in detention on February 24 on drug allegations.

The Senate Resolution No. 645 was filed by Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon, Senators Francis Pangilinan, Antonio Trillanes IV, Bam Aquino, and Risa Hontiveros. They said they were pained by the illegal arrest and unjust detention of De Lima.

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