Democratic Senators Ed Marky, Dick Durbin, Chris Coons together with republican Senators Marco Rubio and Marsha Blackburn released a joint bi-partisan statement after the passage of the now controversial resolution 142.
The main sponsor of the resolution, Sen. Markey, leads off by saying the passage of the resolution makes clear — the Duterte govt. must end its human rights abuses.
Sen. Durbin adds the resolution shows the Senate is united in its condemnation of the Duterte government’s troubling behavior.
Detained Sen. Leila De Lima herself released a statement, thanking American lawmakers. She adds the resolution is a watershed in the history of keeping democracy and human rights accountability in the Philippines.
President Duterte’s spokesperson and chief legal counsel Salvador Panelo calls the resolution an affront to the dignity of the Philippines.
Panelo also says the U.S. Senators who are behind the resolution are misguided, and their actions are based on bogus narratives peddled by Duterte’s critics.
The palace, however, believes the executive branch of the U.S. government will be more discerning, and will act in accordance with credible information.
Fil-Am political analyst Jay Gonzalez says its interesting to note the bi-partisan support of the resolution.
The global Magnitsky Human Rights Act has two possible actions. One is the freezing of assets of anybody who will be determined by the department of state to be involved in both the De Lima and the Ressa cases and human rights cases in the Philippines.
The second is the banning of them from entering the U.S.
In the end though, these names will still be determined by a state department staunchly loyal to President Trump.