Senator Leila de Lima is certain that opposition’s senatorial candidate Gary Alejano will “uphold” country’s sovereignty against foreign invaders like China.
She said that Alejano is among the few independent-minded candidates for the May 13 midterm polls who “have the guts” to speak out against government abuses and defy President Rodrigo Duterte’s inhumane policies.
“During this time of chaos, we need leaders with extraordinary courage to speak truth to power. We need Gary Alejano who has the will to reclaim our national dignity and fight for our sovereignty,” De Lima said.
“Magiting na sundalo. Ipagtatanggol ang dangal ng Pilipinas at Pilipino. #5 Alejano. We badly need Gary Alejano at the Senate,” the opposition senator said in a statement.
A former soldier turned congressman, she noted that Alejano is one of the most vocal critics of Duterte’s lax policies toward China and a part of the independent minority bloc at the House of Representatives (HoR) that unfailingly called out the excesses of the government.
In 2017, Alejano hogged headlines for being the first lawmaker who dared file an impeachment complaint against Duterte for betrayal of public trust, bribery, and other crimes in relation to the latter’s alleged involvement in extrajudicial killings (EJKs) in the war on drugs and his positions on the West Philippine Sea (WPS).
“Bilang dating sundalo – bitbit pa rin natin sa ating puso ang pagseserbisyo sa ating bayan – gusto ko hong itaguyod ang seguridad ng bawat Pilipino, bawat pamilya, at also ang seguridad, soberanya, at integridad ng ating teritoryo laban sa panghihimasok ng dayuhang bansa, especially ng China,” Alejano was quoted to have said.
The senator from Bicol said Alejano belongs to the unique breed of courageous leaders whose moral courage is considered as a rare commodity in our country.
“We need leaders who have the will and capacity to confront the powerful, and the imagination and ability to lead the powerless,” the former justice secretary said.
“They will not shirk in their responsibility to the people, even as they have to make decisions on the basis of conviction not expediency or political survival. We badly need such leaders in this time and place,” De Lima said.