By Ernie Reyes
MANILA — Opposition Senator Leila M. de Lima fought back against the
recent proliferation of fake news on social media falsely claiming
that she is not qualified to seek reelection because of her detention.
De Lima, the most prominent political prisoner under the Duterte
regime who remains detained over bogus drug charges maintained that
she has all the qualifications for Senator as set forth in 1987
“Nakarating po sa akin na may ipinapakalat na naman na fake news ang
mga bayarang trolls na ako daw ay hindi kwalipikado na tumakbo sa
Halalan 2022 dahil nakakulong ako. Huwag po kayong maniwala,” she said
in a handwritten statement.
“I have all the qualifications for Senator as set forth in 1987
Constitution (Sec. 3, Art. VI) and none of the disqualifications
provided under the law (Sec. 12 & Sec. 68, Omnibus Election Code),”
Most importantly, De Lima said she is allowed to seek reelection
because “I have not been convicted, let alone by final judgment, of
any criminal offense.”
De Lima urged the public to be smart and vigilant against fake news,
stressing that the fake news claiming that she is not qualified to
seek reelection is obviously part of a disinformation campaign against
her as she declared her candidacy.
“Labanan ang mga kasinungalingan, lalo na ngayong election period.
Let’s be very discerning and vigilant,” she said.
In a separate statement addressing the Filipino public, De Lima added:
“Let us always make it a habit to check the legitimacy or veracity of
any pieces of information that we read online before believing them.
Ngayong papalapit na ang eleksyon, asahan na ang paninira at
pagpapakalat ng maling impormasyon ng mga gustong manatili sa poder at
ng kanilang mga kasabwat para patuloy na pagtakpan ang kanilang
kalokohan at nang hindi sila mapanagot sa hinaharap.”
De Lima filed her Certificate of Candidacy last Oct. 8, sharing that
among the reasons, she decided to seek reelection include her goal to
further advance her five foremost advocacies, namely, Social Justice,
Human Rights (which encompass the rights to food, health, and decent
standards of living), Criminal Justice Reform, Good Governance and
Rule of Law, and National Sovereignty.
The lady Senator from Bicol also said that she would hold Mr. Duterte
and his lackeys accountable for the thousands of killings, corruption
, and other human rights abuses that ran rampant under his