De Lima longs for her freedom: "so I can do more and serve more "

De Lima longs for her freedom: "so I can do more and serve more "



Detained senator Leila De Lima if given one wish, it would be his freedom from her detention.
She is currently detained at the Philippine National Police (PNP) Custodial Center in Camp Crame for drug-related charges since February 2017.  De Lima was accused of allowing the multi-million illegal drug trade inside the New Bilibid Prison(NBP) in Muntinlupa, an attached agency of the Department of Justice(DOJ) — an office she formerly headed.

De Lima thanked Senate president Vicente Sotto III and her colleagues for recognizing her work in the Senate while in detention.
Detained Senator Leila De Lima
(photo credit to owner)

She was referring to the Senate president’s final speech on the last session day of the 17th Congressin which he described De Lima as an embodiment of professionalism.


“In all humility and sincerity, I thank Senate President Vicente Sotto III and my colleagues at the Senate for acknowledging my efforts and hard work as a Senator despite my political persecution. Their support, with the assistance of my diligent and competent staff and the relevant units of the Senate secretariat, have made all the difference in achieving our shared goals for the Filipino people,” De Lima said in a statement.
De Lima reminded Senate colleagues to continue to stand for measures that could benefit the poor and the marginalized sectors in the coming 18th Congress.

“I pray that the Senate will always stand on the side of truth, justice and democracy. Mabuhay si Senate President Sotto, mabuhay ang Senado,” she added.
The opposition senator, as a parting shot said her work is better done if she is outside detention.
“On a personal note, my fervent wish and prayer is for me to attain vindication and freedom soonest, so I can do more and serve more in the second half of my term, with God’s loving grace,” she added.



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