Press Release
March 13, 2017

Sen. Leila M. de Lima's Handwritten Note
Dispatch from Crame Nos. 19

My 84-yr. old mother has no inkling as to my current situation. What my brothers and sister have told her is that I'm abroad for an official business. Keep debating with myself—shall we tell her or not that her daughter is in prison? I'm sure that she has started to wonder why my foreign trip is taking so long, given my preference for brevity of such trips. My siblings can no longer justify to her my prolonged absence. But knowing the truth about what was done to me by this vengeful President and his ilk will surely cause her misery and grief—an unncessary pain. This is a real dilemma for our family.

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