Good morning, everyone! Although I cannot be present in this hearing with you, I would like to welcome my colleagues and our resource persons. First of all, I would like to thank Sen. Joel Villanueva and our Senate President Vicente Sotto III in making this hearing possible. Our senior citizens have always been with us […]

Sen. Leila M. de Lima’s Manifestation of Support for SBN 1907 re: Instituting Services and Programs for Learners with Disabilities in Support of Inclusive Education

For more than a year now, the COVID-19 pandemic has hampered our education system. Its insurmountable impact affected millions of educators, learners and their families, in many aspects.  The challenges they continue to face linger every single day as they battle to survive and push their limits in attaining the best educational outcomes with their […]

Justice for Those Who Were Found

Sen. Leila M. de Lima’s Sponsorship Speech for The Foundling Recognition and Protection Act Good afternoon, dear colleagues. I speak to you today, as I always have in this chamber, in behalf of those who can’t speak for themselves. When one of our colleagues, Sen. Grace Poe, ran for President on 2016, she shined a […]

Manindigan para sa Demokrasya, Katarungan, at Pag-asa

On Akbayan Citizen’s Action Party 7th Regular Congress Social Hall, Cebu Provincial CapitolCapitol Road, Cebu City 16 April 2018 Maraming salamat po sa imbitasyong maging bahagi ng makahulugang pagtitipon na ito para pag-usapan at harapin ang mahahalagang isyu sa ating lipunan. Maraming salamat sa Akbayan Citizen’s Action Party, lalo na sa inyong liderato at mga […]

LP Municipal Mayors Fellowship

My warmest congratulations to the Far Eastern Law Review in publishing your 47th Volume entitled “Ruling the Sovereignty and Limiting Inteference”. Your publication serve as a venue to these challenging times under the Duterte regime. Without access to any electronic gadget and communication device, the written word is my only weapon while in detention. In […]

On the launching of Mambabatas para sa Karapatang Pantao (MAKATAO)

UP Hotel, Diliman, Quezon City19 March 2018 Let me first congratulate the convenors of Mambabatas para sa Karapatang Pantao or MAKATAO composed of a core group of fourteen (14) Members of the House of Representatives for initiating the creation of this organization. Its objectives to correct the distorted concept of human rights peddled by this […]

Human Rights Challenge: Drug War Extrajudicial Killings Continue

Side Event, Commission on Narcotic DrugVienna Austria15 March 2018           A pleasant day to everyone. From Camp Crame in Manila, I extend my warm greetings to the organizers, fellow speakers and participants of this side event aptly titled: Human Rights Challenge: Drug War Extrajudicial Killings Continue. I am grateful for this invitation to engage with […]

“Laban para sa Dangal at Karapatan ng Kababaihan”

On SHEROES’ Woman’s Night to celebrate the International Women’s Month AS Steps, UP Diliman, Quezon City 8 March 2018 Magandang gabi po sa inyong lahat. Isang napakahalagang pagtitipon nga po ito para ipagdiwang ang buwan ng kababaihan na ipinagdiriwang din ngayon sa buong mundo. Isang karangalan po ang maipaabot ang aking mensahe sa inyong mga […]

On the occasion of the launch of EveryWoman’s #BantayBastos Campaign in partnership with the University of the Philippines College of Social Work and Community Development

Patio, UP Hotel UP Diliman, Quezon City 8 March 2018 Good morning and a very empowering International Women’s Day celebration to “EveryWoman” present here today! And when I say “EveryWoman”, first of all, I mean to acknowledge the coalition of organizations and individuals who make up “EveryWoman”, and their partner in today’s event, the University […]

A Stronger De Lima: Continuing fight for Democracy, Human Rights and Rule of Law

On the occasion of marking the 1st year in detention of  Sen. Leila de Lima and launching her 1st electronic book Commission on Human Rights, Diliman, Quezon City 23 February 2018 Good day to all of you. This is the last day of the Novena Masses offered to mark my first year in detention. For me, the Commission on Human Rights is a […]