Opposition Senator Leila M. de Lima’s youngest brother, Vicente “Vicboy” de Lima II, has shared that his sister’s sustained strength and faith in God despite continued political persecution by the present administration continues to surprise him and their family.
During the final episode of ACRONYMS: “Work from Prison”, hosted by Gary Granada and Bayang Barrios, Vicboy said that he never saw her in low spirit during his visits to her in Camp Crame, stressing that it is because the lady Senator believes that she will be vindicated in time as she is fighting in the side of truth.
“Yung aming kapatid… she’s really surprising us with her strength. Kahit grabe na ‘yung pag-atake sa kaniya, hindi siya nawawalan ng loob na lumaban, patuloy siyang lumalaban,” he said.
Vicboy further said that as her brother, it pains him to see his sister in continued unjust detention, sharing “Bilang kapatid niya, nakikita ko na masyado na siyang matagal na nakakulong. Yung kaso niya patagal nang patagal. Ilang judges na ang nag-inhibit or nagretire [p]ero siya, hindi siya nawawalan ng lakas ng loob, and then palagi siyang nagdadasal.”
“At kung titignan natin ang nangyayari, ang lakas ng kalaban niya, ang lakas ng gobyerno na ito, ang daming mga powers na pwedeng gawin pero kahit papaano nagkakaroon din ng mga small victories, like for example, early this year ‘yung petisyon niya na na-dismiss ‘yung isang kaso, pinayagan,” he added.
It may be recalled that Judge Liezel Aquiatan of Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court (RTC), Branch 205, granted De Lima’s Demurrer to Evidence in Case No. 17-166 last February. The magistrate voluntarily inhibited herself from hearing one of the two remaining drug charges against De Lima later on.
As his sister continues to face two remaining trumped-up drug charges, Vicboy said she always reminds them to never lose hope and continue fighting and believing that she will soon get the justice that she very well deserves.
“So, kumbaga, sinasabi niya sa aming mga kapatid niya, patuloy tayong magdasal, alam natin na tama tayo, tama ‘yung ipinaglalaban natin. Yung tumutuligsa sa akin, ‘yung kalaban ko sila ‘yung mali… Tayo, nasa kabutihan. Yung kalaban natin, ‘yung nagtutuligsa sa akin, ‘yun ang nasa kasamaan,” he shared.
Vicboy said it helps that his sister remains prayerful while allotting enough time to read religious books while in detention, which he believes help her cope up with the challenges brought about by her political persecution.
“She has become more prayerful while she is under unjust detention. She has been reading a lot, a lot of religious books especially the Bible, in addition to other books that she’s reading there while in detention,” he shared.
Ultimately, Vicboy said the intense persecution and demonization of De Lima by the current regime makes them think that they, De Lima’s siblings, should go beyond their comfort zones “and try to help in spreading the truth about Leila.”
“Kailangan naming mga kapatid, kailangan naming mga kapamilya niya na kung mayroong pagkakataon na maipamahagi iyong katotohanan tungkol sa aming kapatid, gagawin namin,” he said.
De Lima remains detained inside the national police headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City since Feb. 24, 2017 over bogus illegal drug trade charges based mostly on fabricated testimonies by convicted felons. (30)