Leila de Lima, after 2,000 days in 'unjust detention', remains unfazed

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Philippine Senator Leila de Lima, who is detained on drug charges, looks at a flower given by her supporter upon arrival at a local court to face an obstruction of justice complaint in Quezon city, metro Manila, Philippines March 13, 2017. She commemorated her 2,000th day in detention on August 16, 20222. (Photo: REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco)
Philippine Senator Leila de Lima, who is detained on drug charges, looks at a flower given by her supporter upon arrival at a local court to face an obstruction of justice complaint in Quezon city, metro Manila, Philippines March 13, 2017. She commemorated her 2,000th day in detention on August 16, 20222. (Photo: REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco)

In commemoration of her 2,000th day in detention, former Sen. Leila De Lima remains resolute, saying in a statement that the drug trafficking charges against her “is yet another reminder to the world that the justice system in our country is broken.”

“I was detained, and persecuted, because I dared to speak for those who were oppressed against a populist tyrant,” de Lima, who is also the former Commission on Human Rights chairperson and Department of Justice Secretary, said.

“And by fabricating spurious charges against me to deplatform and silence me, the former wannabe dictator only proved my point and solidified his status as an oppressor, demonstrating his vindictiveness,” she added.

The former senator, and most prominent political prisoner in the country, has been held in detention at the Philippine National Police Custodial Center in Camp Crame since February 24, 2017, after charges of conspiracy to commit drug trafficking were filed against her, in what was seen as a demolition job by the Duterte administration for her investigation into the so-called Davao Death Squad.

Prominent politicians here and abroad have continuously supported the campaign to free her. Makabayan bloc filed a resolution at the House of Representatives to urge the Department of Justice to withdraw the remaining charges against de Lima, and several United States Senators continue the diplomatic push to junk the “bogus charges” that are, “as we suspected all along, politically-motivated and based on false information.”

“I have lived my public life fighting for justice, especially for those who have no means to fight for themselves,” she said. “Now, I also fight for my own deliverance from injustice and vindication. And I will persist in doing so in spite of the futile attempts to break me.”

“I wait for the day when justice returns in our country,” de Lima said.

Marvin Joseph Ang is a news and creative writer who follows developments on politics, democracy, and popular culture. He advocates for a free press and national democracy. Follow him on Twitter at @marvs30ang for latest news and updates.

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