Pagbigyan na ang matanda: Noynoy, 7 ex-senators call for De Lima’s release ahead of 60th birthday

Eight former senators have expressed their support to the call for freedom of Sen. Leila de Lima, who has been detained for drug charges.

In their signed statement, former Senators Rene Saguisag, Wigberto “Ka Bobby” Tanada Sr., Sergio “Serge” Osmena III, Antonio “Sonny” Trillanes IV, Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV, Mar Roxas, Francisco “Kit” Tatad, and Benigno S. Aquino III, said De Lima must be allowed to fulfill her duties as she is a lawmaker “duly elected by more than 14 million Filipinos in the 2016 elections.”

The senators made the statement on the eve of De Lima’s 60th birthday today, Aug. 27.

“While Senator De Lima is a mere detention prisoner enjoying the Constitutional presumption of innocence, as well as civil and political rights, the fact of her incarceration has prevented her from performing her duties to participate in the legislative process,” said the former senators.

“To allow Senator De Lima the full discharge of her role and duty as a parliamentarian is to pay respect to the mandate of more than 14 million Filipinos who voted for her into office,” they added.

De Lima had repeatedly asserted her innocence from the drug charges, saying “these are all part of Duterte administration’s political retaliation for being the staunchest critic of its crooked policies.”

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