Wednesday, October 21, 2020

De Lima: Preserving My Dignity Is My Foremost Goal

De Lima: Preserving My Dignity Is My Foremost Goal

Spotlight

Boost Your Digital Reach At WOCEE WIRED

Learn how to stand out from the crowd on the upcoming WOCEE WIRED!

Transport Coop. Provides More Than 25k Free ‘Green Cards’ For Cashless Transactions

A transport cooperative operating in Las Piñas provides 25,735 passengers with the means to safely board and ride their solar electric jeepneys along the route of Alabang to Zapote.

The Importance Of Deepening Ties And Friendship On Online English Education

51Talk hosts the 2020 Sino-Philippines Educational Exchanges in celebration of the 45th anniversary of the founding of bilateral relations between the Philippines and China.

DBP Backs Public Transport Sector Recovery

DBP is working closely with the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) in finding financial solutions to aid the country's transportation sector due to the difficulties presented by the pandemic.

Amid her confinement in the isolated quarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City for more than two years now, Senator Leila M. de Lima has vowed to preserve her dignity as a Filipino and a duly-elected legislator by continuing to fight for her principles.

De Lima, the first prominent political prisoner under the Duterte administration, made her pledge as she shared a personal reflection in a handwritten statement she issued from her detention last Oct. 20.

“My reflection: In my current life of constant diminishment from my oppressors, preserving my dignity is my foremost goal,” she said in her recent Dispatch from Crame No. 628.

“Apart from hope, dignity is all I have… It’s one thing I cannot do without, one thing I will hold on to, no matter what…” the former justice secretary added.

As the staunchest critic of the Duterte administration’s crooked policies, notably its bloody war on drugs, De Lima’s freedom was the price she had to pay for standing up against and defying Mr. Duterte and his abusive minions.

While she has maintained a good record without any traces of corruption or abuse of power, De Lima has still become a consistent
target of fake news and troll messages, ranging from drug and corruption allegations to attacks on her personhood and health.

In discussing dignity, De Lima shared that she is currently inspired by the book “Unbroken” written by an award-winning American author Laura Hillenbrand as it reminds her to keep on fighting and staying strong amid her ordeal.

“An extraordinary novel I’m currently hooked reading is Laura Hillenbrand’s “Unbroken,” a World War II true story of survival, resilience and redemption. Agonizingly tortuous yet inspiring,” she said.

The lady Senator from Bicol further shared some of the lines from the book, which she described as “most profound and deeply stirring.”

“Dignity…This self-respect and sense of self-worth, the innermost armament of the soul, lies at the heart of humanness, to be deprived of it is to be dehumanized…without dignity, identity is erased,” she quoted.

“Dignity is as essential to human life as water, food and oxygen. The stubborn retention of it, even in the face of extreme physical hardship, can hold a man’s soul in his body long past the point at which the body should have surrendered it…degradation could be as lethal as a bullet,” she added.

Known as a prisoner of conscience, De Lima has consistently maintained that no amount of lies by political manipulators and even paid trolls could erase her innocence from all trumped-up illegal drug charges filed against her by the present government.

Photo Credit: facebook.com/leiladelimaofficial

Latest News

Roque: Financing Initial COVID-19 Vaccine Supply ‘Not A Problem’

"Whether or not it’s in the budget, we have a financing scheme already in place. Kung mayroon na po tayong mabibili ngayon, makakabili na tayo ngayon kasi hindi naman po problema ang financing."

Churchgoers Thankful As Manila Raises Seating Capacity To 30%

Churchgoers from different religions express gratitude after seating capacity inside churches, mosques, and chapels in the city of Manila was raised to 30 percent from the previous 10 percent.

Mayor Abby: Makati To Implement Teaching Fellowship Program

The Makati government is set to implement a teaching fellowship program in the city's three public elementary schools for two years.

Galvez Cites LGUs’ Efforts In Managing Pandemic

"Ang maganda po sa ating mga LGUs po ngayon ay talagang 'pagka kailangan nila ng tulong ay talaga pong tumatawag po sila... They are working hard para at least ma-manage po ang ating — ang ating ano po ang ating tinatawag nating ‘yung mga kaso."

VP Leni Visits the OVP Community Learning Hub in Barangay Pinagbuhatan, Pasig City

Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto accompanies Vice President Leni Robredo as they meet the volunteer tutors for the hub, as well as one of the parents and her children who have signed up for this assistance.

Mayor Isko Implements Shorter Curfew Hours

Manila City moves the curfew hours from midnight to 4 a.m.

Bello: 4K OFWs Stranded Due To PhilHealth Issue With PRC

Here's how the Philhealth issue affects Filipinos during the pandemic:

BSWM Seeks Fund To Boost Rainwater Harvesting For Farmers

The Bureau of Soils and Water Management of the Department of Agriculture is awaiting the release of fresh funds for more rainwater harvesting-related projects nationwide this year.

Ricky Lee Reveals Storytelling Secrets And Journey In iWant TFC’s ‘Trip To Quiapo’

Calling aspiring filmmakers! Enhance your storytelling skills with the "Trip To Quiapo" docuseries, exclusively on iWant.

Use Of Skyway 3 Free For A Month In Time For Holidays

Skyway 3 is slated to open this December! As a way to celebrate the holidays, the San Miguel Corporation is committed to let motorists use the entire 18-kilometer expressway from Buendia to NLEX for free.