PRESS STATEMENT

ON THE ARREST OF SENATOR LEILA DE LIMA

As her colleague in the Senate, I am saddened by recent events. I know Sen. De Lima to be a fighter and a courageous person who will not let this dampen her spirits.

I pray that truth and justice will prevail in her case – whomsoever its face may look favorably upon – and likewise pray for her children as she faces perhaps the toughest battle in her life.

I will continue to work with her as a Senator, her incarceration notwithstanding, in crafting meaningful legislation and shedding light on the crimes and shortcomings of abusive and corrupt officials in government.

Finally, I pray that she keep the faith and not lose hope in the knowledge and belief that “this, too, shall pass”.