PHL – EU in drug war spat

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte announces that while he could order an all-out offensive against the Abu Sayaff, he is more concerned about putting an end to the violence as it also affects the lives of the civilians in his speech during his visit at Camp General Basilio Navarro in Zamboanga City on November 25, 2016. ALBERT ALCAIN/Presidential Photo

DAVAO CITY— Philippines lawmakers hit European Union of the foreign interference in the country’s campaign against illegal drugs as the later demanded for the release of a legislator who was arrested on drugs charges.

The European Union lawmakers Thursday urged the Philippines government to release Senator Liela De Lima, a former Human Rights Commissioner who has been the staunch critic of Duterte.

The European parliament resolution also condemned the high number of extra judicial killings by the armed forces and the vigilante groups related to the anti-drugs campaign.

Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said “We remind everyone . including the international bodies, to allow us to deal  with our problem, we have our own way of solving it and please do not intervene.”

Abella pointed out “Delima is facing drugs charges and she is not a political detainee as  they project it to be.”

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