Senator Leila de Lima - updates

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U.S. Senate passes resolution seeking Magnitsky sanctions vs PH officials

Jan 09, 2020 - 2:50 PM

(UPDATED) The resolution calls on US President Donald Trump to determine if Philippine officials responsible for extrajudicial killings and Senator Leila de Lima's detention would face travel and financial restrictions

DETAINED. Senator Leila De Lima asserts drug charges filed against her were fabricated by the Duterte government. Photo by: Lito Borras/Rappler

U.S. Senator Markey: Duterte's threats will not silence us

Jan 03, 2020 - 9:51 AM

'President Duterte is sorely mistaken if he thinks he can silence my voice and that of my colleagues,' says United States Senator Edward Markey after he is barred from entering the Philippines

HUMAN RIGHTS ADVOCATE. U.S. Senator Edward Markey, Democrat from Massachusetts. Photo from Markey's official website

U.S. senator urges PH to free De Lima, drop threats vs Maria Ressa

Dec 29, 2019 - 3:09 PM

United States Senator Patrick Leahy vows to continue standing up for human rights in the Philippines after President Rodrigo Duterte bars him from entering the country

HUMAN RIGHTS. Senator Patrick Leahy (left) urges the Philippines to uphold human rights instead of threatening to deny Americans visas to the country. File photo by Chip Soodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

HRW: De Lima's persecution shows Duterte's 'increasing authoritarianism'

Nov 20, 2019 - 2:11 PM

Karapatan also likens the situation of Senator Leila De Lima with the experience of hundreds of political prisoners facing alleged trumped-up charges under President Rodrigo Duterte

Photo of Sen. Leila M. de Lima at Muntinlupa RTC Branch 205. Photo by the office of Sen. Leila de Lima

De Lima on Duterte ‘confession’ of molesting maid: ‘It’s time to get angry’

Jan 01, 2019 - 6:28 PM

Senator Leila de Lima calls on Filipinos to 'stand strong and united to destroy this evil'

De Lima seeks Senate probe into Baguio school's mandatory pregnancy tests

Dec 15, 2018 - 12:03 PM

Senator Leila de Lima says the policy of Pines City Colleges deprives women of their right to access education and 'proliferates the stigma against pregnancy'

CONTROVERSIAL POLICY. Pines City Colleges has been criticized by human rights groups over its mandatory pregnancy testing for students. Photo from Wikimapia

De Lima: Chinese missiles in Spratlys 'wake-up call' for PH

May 05, 2018 - 5:04 PM

'Not since the Japanese invasion of World War II has the Philippines been exposed to such a real and physical threat to its territorial integrity and national sovereignty,' says Senator Leila de Lima

STRUCTURES. This 2016 file photo shows a portion of the Mischief Reef in the South China Sea where there are Chinese facilities.

Duterte critics on Easter: Darkness won't last forever

Apr 01, 2018 - 10:51 AM

'Tiyak pong magwawagi tayo sa kasamaan at magwawakas ang umiiral na kadiliman sa ating bayan,' says detained Senator Leila de Lima on Easter 2018

TRIUMPH OVER DARKNESS. Catholics mark Easter with the traditional 'Salubong' that ends with the risen Jesus and Mary 'meeting' on Easter.  Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Archbishop Villegas to De Lima: Your detention is 'biggest symbol' of PH decay

Feb 23, 2018 - 9:11 PM

'I do not know why God is allowing all this moral decay to happen to our country,' says Archbishop Villegas as Senator De Lima marks her first year in jail

IN PRAYER. Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas prays before an image of Our Lady of Fatima during the 'Lord, Heal Our Land' Sunday on November 5, 2017. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Amnesty Int'l urges PH gov't to release De Lima

Feb 23, 2018 - 12:16 PM

'It is a sad state of affairs when the Philippines government is more interested in jailing critics than preventing police from killing thousands of mainly poor people,' says Amnesty International's Director of Southeast Asia and the Pacific James Gomez

DRUG WAR CRITIC. Senator Leila de Lima was arrested in February 2017 over drug charges which she says were made-up. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Judge who ordered De Lima’s arrest inhibits from case

Jan 15, 2018 - 1:57 PM

Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court Judge Juanita Guerrero also orders that the court shall proceed with De Lima's case

De Lima to ask permission to attend impeach hearings in Senate

Jan 08, 2018 - 6:23 PM

De Lima and her charges for drug trading are also part of the impeachment complaint against Sereno

PNP escort detained senator Leila de Lima at the Quezon City Metropolitan Trial on Friday, to attend a hearing for the "Disobedience of Summons" Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Jailed senators' Christmas: Revilla home Dec. 24, De Lima allowed visitors Dec. 25

Dec 21, 2017 - 2:10 PM

Bong Revilla has asked for furlough from the anti-graft court hearing his plunder case, while Leila de Lima only asks her family to be allowed to visit on Christmas

De Lima slams Duterte in two September 21 protests

Sep 23, 2017 - 9:24 PM

Despite her detention, Senator Leila de Lima participates in the biggest opposition gatherings so far under President Rodrigo Duterte

Minority asks Pimentel to help reverse notice to visit De Lima

Sep 05, 2017 - 7:00 PM

We hope that Senate President Pimentel will stand by his previous assertions of the Senate s independence says Liberal Party president Francis Pangilinan

VISIT. The Senate minority bloc visits detained Senator Leila de Lima in detention in Camp Crame. File Photo from De Lima's office

De Lima: Duterte 'deranged' to say it's good to kill 32 people

Aug 18, 2017 - 1:14 PM

De Lima who will be celebrating her 58th birthday on August 27 says her wish is for her vindication to come soon

BIRTHDAY WISH. Detained Senator Leila de Lima attends her hearing at the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court on August 18, 2017 and says her birthday wish is "vindication soon." Photo from Office of Sen Leila de Lima

Duterte hits drug war critics: 'Bakit kayo bilib diyan sa mga puti?'

Jul 24, 2017 - 7:22 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says he will continue his war on drugs despite pressure from international human rights groups and other institutions

SC asks Congress to explain why they did not convene on martial law

Jun 16, 2017 - 8:18 PM

UPDATED The Supreme Court en banc gives the Senate and the House of Representatives 10 days to submit their comment

Senate minority bloc visits De Lima in detention

May 01, 2017 - 3:42 PM

The minority bloc is keen on requesting the court to allow detained Senator Leila de Lima to attend critical Senate debates and votes

Photo from De Lima's office

De Lima moves to drop disobedience charges in QC court

Apr 26, 2017 - 4:54 PM

The detained senator says the lawmakers had no authority to file a suit against her

DISOBEDIENCE CASE. Detained Senator Leila De Lima attends her arraignment on March 13, 2017 at the Quezon City Metropolitan Court Branch 34 for the charge of Disobedience to Summons. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Kahihiyan o karangalan

Mar 27, 2017 - 12:19 PM

Ang sagot sa pahayag ng administrasyong Duterte na hindi dapat nakikialam ang mga banyaga sa mga pangyayari sa Pilipinas: may karapatan silang makialam kapag mga Pilipino na rin mismo ang nagrereklamo sa kanila

De Lima fears murder amid fake news of suicide

Mar 04, 2017 - 3:17 PM

In the unfortunate event that I die in prison you all know who my murderer is Senator Leila de Lima says

FEARING MURDER? Senator Leila de Lima says she fears murder in the face of fake news about her supposed suicide attempt. Photo courtesy of PNP-PIO

De Lima renews call to Cabinet: Save PH from 'criminal' Duterte

Feb 21, 2017 - 1:07 PM

Senator Leila de Lima also urges Filipinos to band together and stand up against the dictatorial regime of a sociopathic serial killer

 CALL TO FILIPINOS. Senator Leila de Lima, in a press conference on February 21, 2017, called on the Filipinos to stand up to President Rodrigo Duterte, calling it a "dictatorial regime." Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

De Lima: I don't want to be detained in Camp Crame

Feb 20, 2017 - 6:50 PM

Senator Leila de Lima says she trusts the Armed Forces of the Philippines more than the Philippine National Police

Ang patotoo ng mga drug lord at kidnapper

Feb 20, 2017 - 12:45 PM

Kagalang galang na talaga ang hustisya sa Pilipinas Ang salita ng kidnapper ay ebidensya na ngayon [at] sinasanto na natin ang salita ng mga drug lord

CHAIN OF LOVE : Women's leaders trroped to the Senate to express support to Senator Leila De Lima even as they condemned the government move to arrest her on trump-up illegal drugs charges. Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

Aguirre: De Lima can't become a 'political prisoner'

Feb 18, 2017 - 8:35 PM

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II says the drug charges filed against Senator Leila de Lima are not politically motivated

EXPECTING ARREST. Senator Leila de Lima welcomed supporters in the Senate on February 14, 2017 as they condemned through plastic handcuffs the government move to arrest her on trump-up illegal drugs charges. Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

De Lima wants Senate probe into BI bribery scandal

Jan 10, 2017 - 9:17 AM

The senator says anti corruption laws should be revised to deal with cases of favoritism citing the two fraternity brothers of President Rodrigo Duterte who have figured in a corruption scandal at the Bureau of Immigration

5 awkward moments that marked the Senate in 2016

Dec 04, 2016 - 11:00 AM

While its main role is legislation the Senate has conducted quite a number of inquiries some of them highly controversial They resulted in drama filled hearings and awkward moments among senators

2016. The first 6 months of the Senate under the 17th Congress focused on congressional probes that gave birth to a number of awkward and sometimes embarrassing moments.

Leila de Lima, Rodrigo Duterte, Donald Trump | Midday wRap

Nov 29, 2016 - 2:45 PM

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De Lima: ‘I will not face congressmen’

Nov 29, 2016 - 12:19 AM

The senator maintains the House of Representatives committee on justice’s probe into Bilibid drugs is a ‘kangaroo court ’ and so she will not honor the show cause order it has issued against her

Rappler file photo by Joel Liporada

De Lima urges 'right treatment' for Dayan, Espinosa

Nov 22, 2016 - 6:24 PM

Ako naman talaga ang habol ninyo Huwag na ninyo silang pahirapan pa mga kriminal man sila o hindi Senator Leila de Lima told the police

'RIGHT TREATMENT'. Senator Leila de Lima reacts to the arrest of former security aide Ronnie Dayan. Screenshot from PTV4; File photo by Romeo Bugante/Senate PRIB

De Lima: 'Lone' voice amplified by churches, schools

Oct 10, 2016 - 8:08 PM

The support that she cannot muster in the Senate and in political institutions Senator Leila de Lima finds in forums on human rights and democracy organized by churches and schools

The Senate committe on human rights and justice joint with the committe on public order and dangerous drugs resumes its public inquiry on the extrajucial killings perpetrated by the Davao Death Squad on October 3, 2016.

Santiago, De Lima, Military exercises | 12PM wRap

Sep 29, 2016 - 1:52 PM

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FULL TEXT: De Lima's privilege speech on her ouster

Sep 20, 2016 - 4:33 PM

We must remember that all power no matter how seemingly absolute is fleeting What is permanent is truth and justice

Senator Leila De Lima

Senate ousts De Lima as justice committee chairperson

Sep 19, 2016 - 6:37 PM

UPDATED The senators 16 4 vote comes days after she presented a witness who accused President Duterte of ordering extrajudicial killings as Davao City mayor

File Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Pimentel calls out Trillanes: 'You don't taunt, heckle fellow senator'

Sep 16, 2016 - 3:14 PM

Do not take the law or the rules into your own hands Magkapantay po kayo Respeto lang po says Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III

Senate ethics panel: 'Difficult' for us to decide on complaint

Aug 30, 2016 - 5:23 PM

Senator Vicente Sotto III says the Senate ethics committee which he chairs would have to determine if it has jurisdiction over the complaint and whether or not it has form and substance

ETHICS. Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III, chair of the ethics committee, says the panel will have a 'difficult' time deciding the complaint against Senator Leila De Lima. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

[Dash of SAS] It's time to stop telling women what to wear at the beach

Aug 28, 2016 - 9:22 PM

It is 2016 Women can vote women can work women can even be heads of state but the fight for equality still includes having to fight for their right to wear what they want at the beach

BIKINI, BURKINI. This file photo taken on August 16, 2016 shows Tunisian women, one (R) wearing a 'burkini,' a full-body swimsuit designed for Muslim women, walking in the water at Ghar El Melh beach near Bizerte, north-east of the capital Tunis. File photo by Fethi Belaid/AFP

Duterte attack on De Lima may hurt Senate probe – CHR chief

Aug 18, 2016 - 5:48 PM

Members of the executive and the police may be ‘discouraged from cooperating fully’ in the Senate probe to be led by the senator says Commission on Human Rights Chairman Chito Gascon

IN PHOTOS: 'Citizens' assembly' vs Marcos hero's burial

Aug 14, 2016 - 3:45 PM

Several groups from different affiliations together with Liberal Party members attend the citizens assembly

NO HERO. Citizens urged President Rodrigo Duterte to reconsider his decision in allowing the burial of the late President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

De Lima files Senate reso to probe drug suspect killings

Jul 14, 2016 - 1:10 PM

We know all too well of the several instances of police rub outs and the number of shortcuts taken by law enforcers in the guise of legitimate self defense or defense of others says Senator Leila de Lima

WAR VS DRUGS. Police officers investigate the dead body of an alleged drug dealer, his face covered with packing tape and a placard reading "I'm a pusher", on a street in Manila on July 8, 2016. Senator Leila de Lima wants to investigate the rising number of drug suspects being killed. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

13th placer Tolentino blocks moves to proclaim senators

May 16, 2016 - 6:51 PM

With 43 certificates of canvass yet to be verified 12th placer Leila de Lima has a lead of 1 29 million votes over Francis Tolentino

Rappler Talk: Leila de Lima on justice and elections in the Philippines

Oct 20, 2015 - 10:10 AM

Rappler talked to former justice secretary Leila de Lima about justice and the upcoming elections