By Hannah Torregoza
As she turns a year older today (August 27), opposition Senator Leila de Lima said her only wish is to have more fortitude to defy her oppressors.
De Lima said this is her wish as she celebrates her 59th birthday—to continue leading the fight against the injustices happening under the Duterte administration and in resisting the lies being peddled by some sinister quarters.
The senator will be celebrating her birthday for the second time in detention at the Philippine National Police (PNP) Custodial Center where she is currently detained over drug charges she claims are trumped-up.
“My birthday wish is to have more fortitude to keep defying and resisting my oppressors,” de Lima said in her latest statement.
“I also wish for more fortitude to keep fighting the injustices done not only to me but also to others. And more fortitude to carry on the torch of hope for my family, my staff, and supporters,” the senator added.
De Lima’s camp said the lawmaker will celebrate her birthday in a simple gathering to be attended by some close friends, colleagues from the government, staff members, and family.
Her birthday last year, which she also celebrated in detention, was marked by a simple lunch and a Thanksgiving Mass officiated by Dagupan Bishop Socrates Villegas, along with Fathers Albert Alejo, Robert Reyes, Hector Cañon and Flavie Villanueva.
De Lima, former chair of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) wished for vindication and freedom from all the trumped-up drug charges filed against her by the Duterte administration during her birthday celebration last year.
She also said her primary goal is to clear her name from the drug charges, not only for herself, but for her family.