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Robredo visits De Lima; people’s campaign, senator’s case among discussed

/ 08:52 PM June 10, 2022
The opposition people’s campaign and the developments on the drug-related cases against her were discussed when Vice President Leni Robredo visited her, Senator Leila de Lima said on Friday.

JULY 21, 2017
Sen. Leila De Lima flashes her open palm “5” hand sign by the court calendar before the start of her court hearing at the QC Hall of Justice RTC branch 34.
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MANILA, Philippines — The opposition people’s campaign and the developments on the drug-related cases against her were discussed when Vice President Leni Robredo visited her, Senator Leila de Lima said on Friday.

In a hand written statement sent by her office, De Lima — currently detained at the Philippine National Police (PNP) Custodial Center in Camp Crame — said that she was extremely delighted with Robredo’s visit.

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“Extremely delighted by VP Leni’s visit today here in the PNP Custodial Center. We had a marvelous time sharing stories and insights,” the outgoing senator said.

“We talked about the very inspiring people’s campaign of Team #LeniKiko, Jillian’s graduation and her recent US trip with her daughters, and the upcoming launching of the Angat Buhay NGO. We also touched on the recent positive developments in my cases,” she added.

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According to De Lima, there was no hint of ill feelings within Robredo even as both of them failed to land elective posts in the 2022 national elections.

De Lima sought a second term in the Senate, running under the banner of Robredo and fellow Senator Francis Pangilinan, who ran for president and vice president, respectively, in the recent polls.

“Talagang nakatataba at nakagagalak ng puso na makasama at makausap si VP Leni. Walang mababakas na sama ng loob, kundi katatagan at kapanatagan. Isang kaibigan at kapwa lingkod bayan na kailanman ay hindi nakalimot, kasamang nanindigan, at sa kabila ng lahat, sa kahit anumang pagkakataon, walang dalawang-isip na inaalay ang sarili para sa Pilipino at sa Pilipinas,” De Lima said.

(It is really heartening to talk to VP Leni.  There was no trace of any ill feelings, but only strength, resolve, and courage.  A friend and a fellow public servant who did not forget me, stood by me, and without thinking twice or hesitation, offered herself for Filipinos and the Philippines.)

“I wish her all the very best.  Muli, maraming salamat (Again, thank you so much), VP Leni!” she added.

Robredo lost against eventual winner and now President-elect Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., getting 15,035,773 votes against Marcos’ 31,629,783 votes.  Pangilinan also lost to Marcos’ running mate, Vice President-elect Sara Duterte-Carpio, 9,329,207 votes to 32,208,417 votes.

In the senatorial race where 12 senators were picked for the 19th Congress, De Lima was ranked 23rd according to the partial and unofficial tally, getting 7.222 million votes.  Out of the Robredo-Pangilinan tandem’s core senatorial slate, only Senator Risa Hontiveros managed to land a seat, placing 11th with 15.26 million votes.

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Two more of the Robredo-Pangilinan tandem’s guest candidates in Sorsogon Governor Francis Escudero and Senator Joel Villanueva also made it to the Magic 12.

Regarding her drug-related cases, De Lima said her camp started to see good developments in their favor as several of the government’s witnesses have recanted their testimonies, with both convicted drug lord Kerwin Espinosa and former Bureau of Corrections officer-in-charge Rafael Ragos claimed that they were only pressured to testify agains the senator.

READ: Kerwin Espinosa recants drug trade accusations vs Sen. Leila de Lima | Another witness retracts accusations vs De Lima, says he was ‘coerced’ 

De Lima’s lawyers said they hope more “coerced” witnesses would come out to recant their statements.

READ: De Lima’s counsel hopes other ‘coerced witnesses’ will ‘come out and confess’ 

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