Senator Leila de Lima vowed to remain committed to fulfilling her mandate of pursuing meaningful legislations and defending the rights of Filipinos, empowering communities, and seeking justice for all despite the challenges brought by her continuing persecution and unjust detention.
In her message to the online townhall meeting in observance of “Eighteen Days of Activism to End Violence Against Women” held last November 25, the detained senator said President Rodrigo Duterte will never succeed in his attempt to break her spirit.
“Sa panahon ng pagsubok, lalo na ngayong nasa gitna tayo ng pandemya, walang puwang ang pagiging manhid at kawalan ng malasakit,” De Lima said.
“Patuloy akong dumadama upang tukuyin at pakinggan ang mga hinaing at suliranin ng ating kapwa. Patuloy akong dumadamay tungo sa agarang pagkilos at pagbibigay-boses sa mga naisasantabi. Patuloy akong lumalaban para makamit ang hustisya para sa mga biktima, mga api at matagal nang pinagkaitan ng nararapat na serbisyo,” she said.
The townhall meeting, entitled “Women for Leila: Dumadama, Dumadamay, Lumalaban,” was attended by different women groups and volunteers, including Puwersa ni Leila, EveryWoman, Women 2022 and World March of Women via Zoom and Facebook Live.
De Lima said she is thankful for her fellow women rights defenders and freedom fighters for their unwavering support, which not only strengthens her resolve but also serves as constant reminder that she is not alone in her fight.
“The violence done against me in its various forms—psychological, emotional and physical—is without parallel in the entire history of women political leaders in our country,” she said.
“But Duterte did not succeed and will never ever succeed in silencing me and breaking my spirit, especially with your commitment and hard work in endeavors such as today’s Townhall Meeting,” she added.