Leni Robredo, Et Al Seeks Leila De Lima’s Release
LENI ROBREDO – Vice president Leni Robredo is among the people who called for the release of Senator Leila De lima after spending 1000 days in detention.
Vice president Leni Robredo is among the people who wanted Senator Leila De Lima to be freed from detention. In August, she said she wanted the former DOJ secretary to fulfill her duties as a lawmaker.
The 54-year-old hoped that De Lima’s case will be decided very soon because the accusations against her were “baseless.” “Sana finally madesisyunan na ang kaso kasi alam naman natin na baseless. Na-deprive hindi lang si Sen. De Lima pero ‘yung taumbayan ng serbisyo kasi elected senator siya,” said Robredo.
In August, the allies of Sen. Leila De Lima launched a committee for her freedom. Her supporter includes Senators Risa Hontiveros, Antonio Trillanes, ex-Sen. Rene Saguisag, adviser Teresita Delez, her brother Vicente De Lima II and professor Tony La Viña.
The ‘Committee for the Freedom of Leila M. de Lima’ was launched during her 60th birthday. Vicente said her sister was a victim of “great injustice.” On November 20, Leila will have spent 1000 days in detention.
Based on a report from ABS-CBN, leaders, activists, and organizations from around the world unite to appeal anew for the release of De Lima. The committee released a statement regarding her “unjust and indefinite detention.”
“Given the dubiousness of the charges against Senator Leila M. de Lima and the indubitable violations of her rights, we urge the Government of the Philippines to immediately free Senator Leila de Lima, and to drop the charges against her…”
“Remedying Senator de Lima’s situation without delay is a demonstration to the Filipino people and the international community that the Philippines can still stand with the rest of the world in defense of freedom and human rights,” the statement added.
Among the people who signed on the petition are:
- Leni Robredo
- Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino
- Solita Collas Monsod
- Rene Saguisag
- Samira Gutoc-Tomawis
- Ruben Carranza
- Brazilian Senator Jose “Bebeto” Roberto
- Asian Legislators
- Members of the European Parliament
Sen. Leila De Lima was arrested on February 24, 2017, due to her alleged involvement in drug trafficking.
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