On whether to take up calls for Sen. de Lima’s release in a Senate caucus

No way. We should all understand and respect our criminal justice system. The Senate cannot and will not interfere with the courts that have jurisdiction over Sen. de Lima’s drug cases.

Having said that, the judiciary is independent of the executive and legislative branches. The same goes true, and even worse, in the case of foreign organizations and groups that are calling for her immediate release.

They have no business in arrogantly asking our president to release Sen de Lima. That’s totally uncalled for.

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