Former Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on Tuesday (Feb. 25) expressed belief the continued detention of Senator Leila De Lima will only make the lawmaker’s voice be heard louder.
Sereno pointed this out as she continued to express support to De Lima who marked her third year in detention on Tuesday (Feb. 25) over three drug charges she is facing before the Muntinlupa City regional trial court (RTC).
“Unknown to the President, his plan would backfire, as her voice now reaches a larger and more global audience–speaking for all prisoners of conscience whose only ‘fault’ is to task those who deny people their basic right to life and humanity,” Sereno said in a statement.
“Seven judges later (six having either withdrawn or retired), the injustice inflicted on her by the very system meant to render justice has been witnessed globally,” she added.
The former chief justice expressed gratitude to De Lima, , a known critic of President Rodrigo Duterte, “for bringing honor to the Filipino heroism again.”
“As long as people will stand for the right as Senator De Lima does, the struggle for justice will ultimately prevail,” Sereno stated.
The charges against the senator concerns allegations that she benefited and even used in her campaign kitty earnings from the proliferation of the narcotics trade at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntinlupa City.
Sereno pointed out that De Lima has been “detained on nothing but the flimsiest evidence–testimonies from convicts in maximum security prison.”
“In jails controlled by her political enemies, the affidavits issued concocted a completely fabricated story of connivance between her and several drug lords to engage in the trade of illegal drugs,” she said.
“The circumstances behind those testimonies are well known, as the President has publicly announced his plan to write ‘finish’ to her political influence,” she added.