de Lima maintains innocence on drug charges

de Lima maintains innocence on drug charges

On the third year anniversary of her detention, the opposition senator and President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s fiercest critic Leila De Lima still maintains her innocence regarding the drug charges filed by the government against her.

“Today, I declare myself free. For though I may be physically detained, my mind is freer than it has ever been, my dignity is intact and my will to fight to protect the freedom and interests of the Filipino people is stronger than ever,” De Lima said in a statement.
Opposition senator Leila De Lima
(photo credit to PhilStar)

“Thus, I am not a victim. I am not merely a survivor. I am not just a fighter. I am a defender,” she added in her address at the recent “International Forum on Lawfare: Weaponizing the Law vs Democratic Dissent” read by her youngest brother, Vicente de Lima II.

De Lima vowed to continue fighting using truth, reason and compassion.

The former Department of Justice Secretary, presented herself to authorities on Feb. 24, 2017 after she was accused of abetting the illegal drug trade at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) when she was justice secretary during President Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Aquino III.

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