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    De Lima defends Inquirer and ABS-CBN: 'Duterte disregards constitutional principles of press freedom'

    In the recent statement of detained Senator Leila de Lima released on Tuesday, she said that the Philippines is now akin to an old kingdom where kings can do as they please, hitting President Rodrigo Duterte.
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    “Off with his head,’ says the Red Queen of Alice’s Wonderland. This is our own Wonderland now, and Duterte is our Red King,” she said.

    In reaction to President Rodrigo Duterte's attacks to the Philippine mainstream media, she called him an "old man" with an "EQ of a six-year-old".

    De Lima said that the Duterte administration is being run by his "personal vindictiveness" with policies that are purely founded on the President’s “desire to avenge what he considers as personal affronts against him.”

    “In the same way that his foreign policy of making the Philippines a satellite state of China is simply borne out of his personal need for long-term political survival in a world that is increasingly demanding his immediate criminal accountability, Duterte now threatens a government assault on the Inquirer and ABS-CBN for supposed personal slights committed against him,” she said in a handwritten statement.

    "This is an old man at the helm of government but with an EQ of a six (6) year-old. He disregards constitutional principles of press freedom and democratic governance by a professional civil service corps just to satisfy his need for vengeance to avenge his being a victim of what purportedly amounts to a simple case of estafa, if at all, but by bringing the full force of government to bear on the supposed swindler, instead of simply filing a case in court," she added.

    She said she was one of his first victims, hence she is now in prison.

    De Lima previously initiated a senate probe on the extrajudicial killings in the country which she linked to Duterte's war on drugs.

    “So after the attacks on opposition figures like me, now comes the whole assault on press freedom, using the same full complement of the State’s coercive power to bear on the unfortunate media establishments that he deemed to have stepped on his toes,” she said.

    “Where the leader of government uses public resources to avenge himself for personal slights, that is the very characteristic of a tyrant and a tyranny. Beyond fascism, this is boundless monarchical entitlement drawn from the dark ages of kings of old, of invoking the divine power of life and death over whosoever crosses the king and incurs his personal ire," she added.

    Source: Inquirer
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