|We note the sentiments contained in Senate Resolution 142. As close, treaty allies that seek to address common challenges, the Philippines and the United States should focus on what they can do together, including capacity-building for the criminal justice system and related institutions. Senate Resolution 142 is ultimately unhelpful in this regard not only because it may be potentially interpreted as posing undue interference in our domestic affairs, but more importantly, because it calls on the Philippine Government to pursue actions that undermine the rule of law, which is the very principle that the United States professes to uphold and stand for.
We reiterate that the cases of Senator Leila De Lima and Maria Ressa are being handled in accordance with Philippine laws and processes, and that we remain open to engaging with US lawmakers and other stakeholders on this matter. END