Former justice secretary and current Senator Leila De Lima received a prestigious award from a popular International magazine for standing up against President Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte.
De Lima was included in the category “Challengers” and acknowledged in Washington among the 100 Foreign Policy Global Thinkers for “standing up against an extremist leader.”
According to the organizers, these proves that there are still individuals who could stand up in opposition to depraved leaders and administration. Someone who could alleviate the suffering of others, especially in today’s world : from Europe’s Brexit and US President-elect Donald Trumph’s to Duterte’s deadly war on drugs.
Thus, De Lima warned that the state of human rights and extrajudicial killings in the Philippines will not get better anytime soon.
“Napaka-deplorable po ng sitwasyon natin sa Pilipinas, hinggil sa usapin ng karapatang-pantao. Walang katapusan, araw-araw na pinapatay in the name of the war on drugs.. Talaga pong tinutukan natin from day1” De Lima said.
(The human rights situation here in the Philippines is deplorable, there had been countless killings in the name of the war on drugs and we have been monitoring this since day 1.)
She added that this extra judicial killings in the Philippines will not stop if no one will stand against it.
“Meron tayong pangulo na talaga namang openly na pino-promote na openly ine-encourage yung killings. Di ho ba sa kampanya pa lang niya, ganun na, akala nung iba biro lang yun.” She said.
(We have a President who openly promotes and encourages killings. He had mentioned this during the campaign and people thought this was merely a joke.)
De Lima, dedicates her award for the Philippines and her countrymen who fought for democracy and for those who are currently fighting to preserve the gains of democracy.
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