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Leila marks first year in detention


Sen. Leila de Lima yesterday taunted her critics saying that contrary to what they think, she actually honored to be jailed by the Duterte administration and prepared for the long-haul.

“One year after having me illegally detained, they not only failed to suppress my spirit, they made it burn brighter and hotter,” she said in a statement, on the eve of her first anniversary of her arrest and detention at the Custodial Center in Camp Crame.
De Lima said she found ironic how what she claimed as vile plans of President Duterte and his minions backfired.
“My calls, which once echoed in the halls of the Senate, are now heard all over the world – all because everyone here continued to support me in my time of personal need, and kept our collective campaign for human rights alive,” she said.
The senator was obviously referring to the numerous recognitions she has received, since the time she has been in jail, from various prestigious organizations for her continued fight for human rights and rule of law.
She was awarded again last December as one of the leading Global Thinkers for 2017 by the influential US-based Foreign Policy magazine, received a “Prize for Freedom” conferred by Liberal International and also recognized by Time Magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People, one of the Icons for 2017 and named by Amnesty International as one of the notable “Women Human Rights Defenders Under Threat” last year.
De Lima said the President and his allies are gravely mistaken if they think that her incarceration will silence her and prevent her from fulfilling her public duties.
Despite being in jail for what she described as an “obviously trumped-up drug charges,” she managed to fulfill her mandate, as she was able to file 41 bills and 58 resolutions.
De Lima has been staying at the Custodial Center of the Philippine National Police in Camp Crame, Quezon City since February 24 last year following the issuance of warrant for her arrest by a Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court that is handling one of the drug charges filed against her.
She is facing drug trafficking charges due to her alleged involvement in illegal drug trade inside the National Bilibid Prison during her term as Justice secretary.


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