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Laban Leila: Asia’s lady leaders confident de Lima will be proven innocent of trumped up drug charges filed by Duterte

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Detained Sen. Leila de Lima continues to gain support from international groups and leaders who also vouched for her innocence in the drug charges filed against her by the Duterte administration.

In a letter sent to De Lima recently, women leaders belonging to the Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats (CALD) expressed optimism that the senator would eventually be vindicated.

CALD Chairperson Abhisit Vejjajiva and Secretary General Kiat Sitteeamorn assured De Lima that the right time would come for the public to realize her innocence and incessant efforts by the Duterte government to tarnish her reputation.

“We are convinced that you will be vindicated in the end and that your call for the protection of human rights and respect for the rule of law will eventually drown populist voices and resonate to all freedom-loving Filipinos,” they said.

They also praised De Lima for showing remarkable courage in standing up for the rule of law and human rights despite the political repression she is subjected to under the current administration.

“Your sacrifice has been an inspiration to many of us who continue to fight for the cause of freedom and democracy in our respective countries,” they said.

Vejjajiv and Sittheeamorn vowed to support De Lima as she tirelessly defended the cause of freedom and democracy even while in detention.

“We feel there are still more initiatives to explore to help you and your cause,” they said in their letter dated Nov. 23.

They also took the opportunity to congratulate the senator for bagging the prestigious “Prize for Freedom” Award in 2018 conferred by Liberal International (LI) in recognition for her outstanding efforts in defense of freedom and human rights.

“We truly believe you deserve [the award] as you exemplify the audacity to fight for what is right at whatever cost,” they said.