Robredo, various groups, personalities express support anew for De Lima’s reelection bid

Robredo, various groups, personalities express support anew for De Lima’s reelection bid

By Ernie Reyes

MANILA — Supporters of Opposition Senator Leila M. de Lima from
different sectors expressed their solidarity for her by asserting
their support for her reelection bid for the 2022 national elections
and renewing calls for her release.

De Lima’s supporters posted their messages of support online, while
some flocked in front of the PNP Custodial Center, Camp Crame, when
Vice President and Presidential aspirant Leni Robredo visited the
Senator last Nov. 18.

“I’m here in support of Senator Leila [and] ang feeling ko kailangan
nandito kami to support and welcome si VP na bibisita kay Senator
Leila, kasi napakagandang time yun na ang isang babaeng lumalaban para
sa kanyang bansa ay sinusuportahan ng isang babaeng nakakulong na
lumaban din sa maling pag-gogobyerno ng bansang ito,” said Mae
Lagunday, a member of People Power Volunteers for Reform (PPVR), in an
interview.

On De Lima’s reelection bid, Lagunday added: “We support that very
much. Actually, we look forward to that na talagang itutuloy ang
laban. Kailangan din naming ipakalat na talagang mali at basura yung
mga kasong ibinibigay sa kanya.”

Robredo paid a visit to De Lima to check on her condition, which De
Lima described as “a most beautiful and encouraging moment.”

“It further fires up my resolve to fight against all odds and seek a
fresh mandate as a Senator, my first term having been unjustly
diminished by the vicious machinations of this vindictive President,”
said De Lima.

On the same day of Robredo’s visit, supporters of the Senator,
including Lagunday, gathered in front of Gate 1 of the PNP Custodial
Center, Camp Crame and staged a flash mob by forming a straight line
while holding blue umbrellas with pink letter each, forming the phrase
“FREE LEILA NOW.”

Some notable personalities and group also posted on Twitter to express
their support for De Lima.

Former Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said that De Lima “is
at the top of my list of senatorial candidates,” adding that “she may
have been maligned but in the end, the truth will out and she will be
vindicated and will prevail. #LabanLeila!”

Former Presidential Communications Undersecretary Manolo L. Quezon III
and The ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR) posted a photo
showing the supporters’ formation in front of Camp Crame.

Quezon captioned his post “#FreeLeilaNow” while the APHR reminded the
public that “Senator De Lima, one of the most vocal critics of
President Duterte’s anti-drugs policy, has been arbitrarily detained
for almost five years.”

Team Leni Robredo, for its part, tweeted: “Mga #KakamPink at ka

TROPA, wag po nating kalimutang ipanalo si @SenLeiladeLima sa Senado!

Kailangan ni @lenirobredo si Sen. Leila para maisulong ang kanyang mga
adhikain para sa bayan! Kina Leni at Leila #TayoAngPanalo.”

Filipina Beauty Queen Aurora Pijuan, for her part, said that “We have
your back, Senator Leila De Lima. Fight!”

Last July, De Lima confirmed that she would seek reelection in the
2022 national elections, saying that the political persecution she has
been subjected to by the Duterte regime only strengthened her resolve
to fight for her advocacies.

“Together with VP Leni and under her leadership, we will continue to
represent the opposition in this country,” she said.

“We present the people an alternative to the criminal government that
now governs us in the most perverted sense, an alternative that should
have been a continuity administration of peace, stability, and
progress in 2016,” she added. (ai/mtvn)

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