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Victory of Hope, Triumph of The Truth

After suffering six years, eight months and twenty-one days of unjust imprisonment, Senator Leila de Lima is free at last, though temporarily. In the pursuit of justice in society, this is the victory of hope, the triumph of good and of the truth over evil and malicious deceit. The temporary freedom was secured after a court in Muntinlupa City granted her bail in the amount of three hundred thousand (P 300,000) along with her co-accused, Bureau of Corrections Director Franklin Bucayu, former aides Ronnie Dayan and Joenel Sanchez, and alleged bagman Jose Adrian Dera. The said court allowed the Senator to post bail after it saw that the testimonies of witnesses failed to clearly establish conspiracy among the accused in illegal drug activities at the New Bilibid Prisons. After two acquittals and this bail on the last drug case, there is hope that her freedom will not only be temporary.

It has been a long, arduous journey for the Senator. She rises from it stronger than ever and undeterred by the abominable propaganda of destruction done to her using all the possible instruments of the government. The only imprisonment for her was really a physical one, it was never an imprisonment of her indomitable spirit. As her spiritual director, Fr. Flavy Villanueva stated in an interview with journalist John Nery, Sen. Leila was “wounded, but not broken”. She faced her darkness with such enlightening courage that she becomes an inspiration now to many women.

The advocates for Senator de Lima’s release,and all those who gave her support in her years of incarceration, represented every Filipino in our own hunger for truth and justice to prevail in our country’s socio-political life. We continue to sustain this victory of hope and triumph of the truth in an era of lies and disinformation, by holding on to one another.


“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” - Martin Luther King


“Learn to do good, seek justice and correct oppression” Isaiah 1:17


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