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Holiday ba yan? ‘Buwan ni Leila’ launched to mark first year in detention

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Free Leila!

This was the “demand” of Liberal Party and other women’s groups as they pressed for the release of detained Sen. Leila de Lima.

Some of De Lima’s supporters on Thursday trooped to her office at the Senate to launch the “Buwan ni Leila,” a month-long series of activities marking her detention in February 2017.

De Lima, who belongs to LP and the Senate minority bloc, was arrested on February 24, 2017 and was detained at the Phil. National Police Custodial Center on drug charges.

“Today, Valentine’s Day, is the start of a month-long commemoration of her year-long incarceration on false drug charges,” the LP said in a statement.

“For close to a year now, she has been deprived of her freedoms, mainly that of being with her children, grandchildren, and mother,” the LP said.

It added, “Equally, we, her constituents have been deprived of her talents and courage in fighting for the least of our brothers and sisters.”

“Starting today and until her release, let there be an outpouring of gratitude and solidarity for the country’s democracy fighters like Senator De Lima,” the LP said.

“Let us show her that her love of country and compatriots is requited, and that her sacrifice is recognized and honored. Let us do this by continuing to fight for the rights of everyone, including drug suspects, to life, if not due process,” the party said.