De Lima wishes for 'vindication' on her birthday

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Posted at Aug 27 2017 01:29 PM

A policewoman guards Philippine Senator Leila De Lima as she gestures a sign that means "Laban" (Fight) sign after appearing at a court on drug related charges in Muntinlupa, Metro Manila, Philippines February 24, 2017. Erik De Castro, Reuters


MANILA - Detained senator Leila de Lima wishes for nothing less than "vindication" as she celebrated her birthday on Sunday.

De Lima, in a statement, said her wish is not simply to walk free from detention but to be free from the accusations leveled against her by the Duterte administration.

“Tulad ng nauna ko nang nabanggit, ang birthday wish ko po: vindication. Paglaya hindi lamang mula sa di-makatarungang pagpapakulong sa akin ng rehimeng Duterte, kundi pati na rin ang paglaya mula sa mga kasinungalingan at paninira sa aking pagkababae at pagkatao,” she said.

Photo courtesy of Sen. Leila De Lima's office

The former justice secretary maintained her innocence in the drug charges against her and added that she wants to clear her name.

“Gusto ko pong malinis ang pangalan ko, hindi lang para sa aking sarili. Para ito sa aking pamilya—sa aking ama at ina, na pinalaki kaming magkakapatid nang marangal," she said.

"Inosente po ako. Malinis ang aking konsensya. Hindi ko po pinangarap na maging abogado at maging lingkod-bayan para sirain lang ang aming pangalan," she added.

A staunch critic of President Duterte, De Lima has been detained at the PNP Custodial Center in Camp Crame since February due to her alleged links to the illegal drug trade in the national penitentiary.