Pacquiao calls for De Lima's speedy release

Presidential aspirant Senator Manny Pacquiao on Friday, April 29, called for the speedy release of detained senator Leila de Lima as the main witness of the drug charges against her recanted his statement.

Senator Manny Pacquiao

Pacquiao lamented that as ​drug charges against​ De Lima​ remain unresolved, the lawmaker​ ​also continues ​being denied ​her​ freedom​.

He said it must end and be resolved considering that she has been in jail several years already.​

​"​Kumbaga pangit naman kung inosente siyang tao matapos na ikulong siya ng matagal​ (It doesn’t look good that she's detained for the longest time yet she is innocent)​,​" ​he ​added in an interview with reporters​ during his campaign rally in​ Leyte, “There’s no reason na tatagal pa ang kaso​ (to hold the case longer)."

Pacquiao​ made the remark after Kerwin Espinosa​ recanted​ his ​earlier statements​ that pinned​ De Lima on drug and bribery charges.​ Espinosa said he was only forced to implicate the senator.​