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De Lima humbled by Time recognition: Better a victim of political persecution than a Duterte sycophant

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Senator Leila de Lima has promised to continue the fight for human rights and justice for the victims of drug killings under “vengeful” regime of President Duterte.

De Lima made the vow after welcoming her inclusion in the Time magazine’s list of 100 most influential people for the year.

“I am deeply humbled for being recognized by Time magazine as an Icon among their 100 Most Influential people in the world,” she tweeted.

“For many of our countrymen, it is more convenient to huddle up close to Malacanang and reap and the benefits of being a sycophant, rather than take the road less travelled but be the victim of political persecution by a vengeful strongmen,” she said.

She said she could have remained silent to these right abuses but such silence would have been betrayal of the country, the oppressed, and the marginalized.

“I cannot for once contemplate capitulating to the dark side that this regime now embodies in exchange for a comfortable but opportunist life,” she said.