Malaysia's Anwar tells Duterte to 'ensure vibrant democracy' amid arrest orders vs Trillanes - The Daily Sentry

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Malaysia's Anwar tells Duterte to 'ensure vibrant democracy' amid arrest orders vs Trillanes

Anwar Ibrahim , Senator Antonio Trillanes and President Rodrigo Duterte / Composite photos from Din Merican and ABS-CBN News
Amid President Rodrigo Duterte’s arrest order vs. Senator Antonio Trillanes, Malaysia’s former deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim urges to ‘ensure a vibrant democracy’.

Anwar’s message to the President was delivered during a press conference on the sidelines of a business conference in Manila on Tuesday, September 04 highlighting the significance of due process, the rule of law and human rights when solicited for his thoughts on alleged political persecution happening in the country.

This, after the President voided the amnesty granted to his staunch critic, Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV and immediately ordered his arrest by ‘all lawful means’, making him  the second legislator critical of the administration to be imprisoned.
Anwar Ibrahim / Photo from ABC
The former assistant Prime Minister was motivated if he is convinced that there is a “specific case where there’s abuse” recalling the support he gained from Filipino leaders and civil rights groups when he was detained over sodomy and corruption charges that was believed to be politically motivated by his supporters.

“My consistent view is that you cannot abuse power to victimize the opposition and dissidents,” he said.

“If I am to meet President Duterte, I would say that I will support some of his measures, but I will certainly want him to continue to ensure that there’s a vibrant democracy and respect for the rule of law in the Philippines,” he added.

The President has frequently been Trillanes’ subject of criticism over his ‘unexplained’ hidden wealth and encouraged the International Criminal Court to institute legal proceedings on his alleged crimes against humanity as a result of the controversial War on Drugs.

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque told reporters in Jerusalem on Tuesday that the amnesty granted by former Noynoy Aquino to Trillanes over a failed coup some 15 years ago, despite his failed attempt, was only awarded as a political favor.
Senator Antonio Trillanes and President Rodrigo Duterte / Photo from ABS-CBN News
Anwar pointed out that “due process must be regarded, we must accept due process and no way can you ignore the importance of the rule of law and respect for human rights in this principle.” 

“The Philippines is a great country. You were a pioneer of democratic reforms at the time of (late Philippine President) Cory Aquino. People often look up to you… so when you see this derailment or erosion, of course you get a bit concerned.” Anwar added. 


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