MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – After hearing the news that Amal Clooney, a.k.a. Mrs. George Clooney, is joining the legal defense team of Rappler CEO Maria Ressa, incarcerated Senator Leila De Lima has sent a similar request to the Lebanese-British Human Rights lawyer.
Ressa faces several criminal cases, including tax evasion and cyber libel and charges of Constitutional violation over foreign ownership of her online news source.
De Lima is currently in jail over drug-related charges.
In a text message sent to Clooney, De Lima said, “Why, if you can defend Ressa from her criminal cases, surely you can also do the same for me. I am as much a victim of Human Rights violation as Ressa is.”
No word yet from Clooney on De Lima’s request.