De Lima's case gathers int'l attention

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — The case of detained Senator Leila de Lima has caught the attention of at least two countries.

The European Parliament will debate on de Lima's case on Thursday, citing the European Union and the Philippines' relationship and the issue of human rights as considerations.

Among the resolutions of the Parliament are calls for immediate release of the senator, adequate security while in detention, assurance of a fair trial and dropping of "all politically-motivated charges."

Reports coming from the de Lima's office said 7 of the 8 groups of the Parliament have tabled motions for resolutions, which they will vote to adopt afterwards.

De Lima's ally, Senator Risa Hontiveros, welcomed this move.

"(There is a) growing number of voices from the international community on their call for the release of (de Lima) and if they will push through with their idea or desire to conduct an independent investigation about this case, I would also welcome it as a fellow parliamentarian .. in the Philippines," Hontiveros said.

However, Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said the Parliament has "misunderstood" the senator's case.

"You know, they simply have a misunderstanding of what's happening to De Lima. The lady is being charged with crime, not political persuasions. So I think they ought to respect that," Abella said.

On March 4, the Swedish Social Democratic Party also released a statement condemning the arrest of the senator, whom they referred as a "human rights activist."

"The arrest … is unacceptable, and can not be seen as anything other than that the government uses its powers improperly to those who oppose its policies," the statement read.

CNN Philippines' correspondent Cecille Lardizabal contributed to this report.