MANILA - Detained Sen. Leila de Lima has urged Filipinos to vote for independent-minded candidates who will not let political dynasties flourish and to vote for the future of the youth.
De Lima, in a message read at the Miting de Avance ng Taumbayan at the EDSA People Power Movement on Friday, said "there is no democratic space anymore for those who would like to genuinely serve their fellow Filipinos."
"Let our vote be a protest vote against those who have looted their way to power. Also, this May 13, let us cast our vote for the future of our children," she said.
Last year, the House of Representatives removed in its draft charter the term limits for lawmakers and prohibition on political dynasties.
De Lima, in a separate message Saturday, urged Filipinos to "vote with our conscience."
“Hindi po ito ang panahon para matakot. Habang nangingibabaw ang ating pangamba na gawin ang tama at suportahan ang mga nararapat na kandidato, lalo lang nagkakaroon ng kompiyansa at lakas ng loob ang mga tiwali na makabalik sa poder, at muling makapang-abuso sa gobyerno,” she said.
“Kung matatakot tayo, wala pong ibang kahahantungan ang ating bansa kundi ang mapasailalim sa isang diktador, at mga pinunong sunud-sunuran lang at tahimik sa mga kasinungalingan, karahasan, at kawalang hustisya,” she added.
The detained senator said she will cast her vote on Monday at Saint Rita College (formerly Saint Rita School) after being allowed by a Muntinlupa court.