by Bev Llorente, ABS-CBN News
ABS-CBN News was able to obtain Senator Leila De Lima’s letter to her family, sent while she is detained at Camp Crame.
The De Lima family is now worried over the Senator’s life, and continues to seek justice for the Philippine senator.
Relatives of Senator Leila De Lima continue to express their grief and anger, as she remains in detention for allegedly allowing the proliferation of the drug trade inside the new Bilibid prison, and accepting money for her senatorial bid.
In an exchange of messages with ABS-CBN North America bureau, De Lima’s relatives assert that she is a victim of injustice and political persecution — for her crusade against extrajudicial killings and impunity under the Duterte administration.
They claim the senator is “not a drug protector, and has never received any money from drug lords.”
Her relatives also point out that she does not have enough funds to buy her own house.
They claim that she was only staying in a rented home in Paranaque before her arrest, and cannot afford to pay high-priced lawyers to defend her, in the cases she is facing now.
While her relatives are allowed to visit the De Lima, they say they are not allowed to bring cellphones in her detention cell.
The Senator reportedly told them that the police personnel assigned to watch her have been “polite and professional,” but they add that she still “doesn’t feel safe” in her detention area.
She said she is very much aware of the President’s alleged criminal capabilities.
The Senator’s relatives also gave ABS-CBN News a copy of her letter to them, written on the pages of a book.
In her letter, De Lima said while she is psychologically prepared for her detention, she is crying for truth and justice.
When asked if the senator plans to seek political asylum overseas, the family says the senator vows to remain in the country — even as they assert her innocence.