Dispatch from Crame No. 206: Sen. Leila M. de Lima’s statement on congratulatory messages for her Foreign Policy award

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More than the award itself bestowed by the Foreign Policy magazine as one of the 50 Global Thinkers (or reThinkers) for 2017, after a similar award last year, what touched my emotions (and caused tears to fall) are the countless congratulatory messages I got (mostly via FB as printed and delivered to me by my staff) soon after news broke about the prestigious award.

Diverse words and varied styles of expressing sentiments mostly from people I don’t know or hardly know, all conveying one central message to me — Hang in there. Never give up. You’re not alone as the world is watching.

That’s all I need. Now, I can cease pondering on the poignant words of Lady Catelyn Stark in George R.R. Martin’s ‘A Clash of Kings’: “I want to weep. I want to be comforted. I’m so tired of being strong. I want to be foolish and frightened for once.”

Thank you all for the deep comfort.

Thank you Foreign Policy!

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