De Lima urges Congress to investigate depletion of passport revolving fund

Opposition Senator Leila M. de Lima has called for a Senate investigation into the reported depletion of the Department of Foreign Affairs’ (DFA) Passport Revolving Fund (PRF) which is allotted for the improvement of its passporting and consular services and other department services. De Lima filed Senate Resolution (SR) No. 629 stressing that the public’s […]

De Lima expresses gratitude to US Sen. Durbin for steadfast support for her

Opposition Senator Leila M. de Lima has thanked US Sen. Richard Durbin for his steadfast support for her as she nears her fourth year in unjust detention under the vindictive Duterte regime. In her letter to Durbin dated Feb. 1, De Lima also thanked the US Senator for his unwavering effort to condemn and speak […]

De Lima: There is no lone cause in record-level flooding Cagayan

            Opposition Senator Leila M. de Lima has filed a Senate Resolution seeking to determine the causes of the recent record-high flooding in Cagayan, Isabela and other areas in Luzon in the aftermath of Typhoon “Ulysses.”             De Lima, Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Social Justice, Welfare and Rural Development, filed Senate Resolution (SR) No. […]

Experts bewail silencing of the press, cite persecution of De Lima as example of lawfare vs free expression

           Rappler Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Maria Ressa and former Rep. Walden Bello have condemned the Duterte administration’s proclivity in promoting impunity for abuses against journalists and repressing media in the context of the lawfare against free press.             In a webinar entitled “From Repression to Resistance: A Webinar on Combatting the Lawfare Against Press Freedom” […]

De Lima calls for gov’t transparency in spending COVID-19 response fund

Opposition Senator Leila M. de Lima has urged the Duterte administration to be transparent in its public reporting of budget realignments and funds utilization to address the country’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. De Lima, chairperson of the Senate Committee on Social Justice, Welfare and Rural Development, maintained that it is in the spirit of […]

De Lima asserts innocence, moves for bail

De Lima asserts innocence, moves for bail On 15 June 2020,Senator Leila M. de Lima filed a Motion for Bail before the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court (RTC)-Branch 205 in Criminal Case No. 17-166 for alleged conspiracy to commit illegal drug trading, which is punishable under Section 26 (b) in relation to Section 5 and Section […]

De Lima to public: Let’s fight for freedom from pro-China gov’t

As the nation commemorates the 122nd Philippine Independence Day, Opposition Senator Leila M. de Lima has expressed her solidarity with protesters who are collectively voicing out their indignation and condemnation concerning the worsening affairs of the country brought about by the increasingly undemocratic and anti-Filipino policies of the current administration. De Lima, a known human […]

On Int’l Women’s Day, De Lima calls for end to gender-based violence

Indicating that more needs to be done to further gender equality around the world, Opposition Senator Leila M. de Lima today called for an end to misogyny and gender-based persecution, especially by those who are in power. In her International Women’s Day Message, De Lima underscored that in the Philippines, women are still attacked and […]

De Lima backs revival of Senate oversight panel on intel funds

Opposition Senator Leila M. de Lima has expressed support to the Senate’s plan to reactivate a special oversight panel that would be tasked to scrutinize the government’s use and disposal of intelligence, confidential and extraordinary funds. De Lima issued the statement after Senate President Vicente Sotto III and Sen. Panfilo Lacson filed Senate Resolution (SR) […]

De Lima files measure to protect volunteers during disasters, emergencies

          Opposition Senator Leila M. de Lima has reintroduced a measure seeking to protect licensed and qualified volunteers from liability in the performance of their noble duties and functions in times of emergency situations, including disasters.           In filing Senate Bill (SB) No. 1285, De Lima said the government should provide a conducive and enabling […]