Committee Advocating for Leila De Lima’s Freedom
LEILA DE LIMA – Detained Senator Leila De Lima’s supporters and allies launched a committee for her freedom on Monday.
On August 15, detained Senator Leila de Lima visited her critically ill mom Norma Magistrado de Lima in Iriga City, Camarines Sur. She and her family decided to keep her drug cases a secret and told her she just went abroad.
The former Justice Secretary has been detained for three years now. In a previous article, vice president Leni Robredo hoped the senator would be cleared of her drug charges so that she could fulfill her duties in the senate.
Based on a report from ABS-CBN News, a committee was launched for the freedom of the detained senator Leila de Lima in Camp Crame. Among her supporters include Sen. Antonio Trillanes, Sen. Risa Hontiveros, peace adviser Teresita Delez, ex-Sen. Rene Saguisag, professor Tony La Viña and her brother Vicente De Lima II.
Delez said these former government officials and private individuals launched a “committee” that “aims to be at the forefront of generating, strengthening and heightening efforts” for De Lima’s freedom.
“We aim to sustain her international recognition and solidify her status as a national and global leader for human rights and social justice in the Philippines,” said Delez.
According to the report, The Committee for the Freedom of Leila M. de Lima was launched on the eve of the detained senator’s 60th birthday. The core members of the group are Delez, Tony La Viña, Winnie Monsod, Armin Luistro, and Rene Saguisag.
Her brother Vicente, thanked all the members of the group and those who supported it. He said his sister was a victim of “great injustice.
Based on the report, Sen. Antonio Trillanes believes the committee for the freedom of the senator would be able to revive the public interest in Leila’s case. He also said the detained senator should be allowed to join the senate hearing.
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