The Daily Manila Shimbun


IPU observer during de Lima trial “classic example of bullying”: Andanar

October 21, 2017

Malacanang said the forthcoming visit of an observer from the Interparliamentary Union (IPU) during the trial of Senate Leila de Lima is a form of bullying.

Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said Saturday said “the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU)’s recommendation to send an observer to monitor the case of Senator Leila de Lima is a classic example of bullying.”

We should stand up to this kind of meddling into our domestic affairs. 

Their intent is not to merely observe De Lima’s trial by our laws, but to meddle in our democratic as well as judicial processes,” Andanar said.

De Lima, who is facing charges of being involved in illegal drug trade in Muntinlupa, will be arraigned by the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court next month. DMS