Pangilinan and De Lima on Independence Day: "Hindi tayo ganap na malaya"

As the Philippines marked its 121st independence day, Senators Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan and Leila de Lima said the country is not really free from injustice and poverty.
Senators Leila de Lima and Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan / Photo credit to ABS-CBN News

"'Hindi ka malaya, mahaba lang ang tanikala.' Ito po ang kasabihan na tila naglalarawan sa sitwasyon ng bansa natin sa kasalukuyan—hindi tayo ganap na malaya," detained Sen. Leila de Lima said in a statement.

"Hindi na nga natin lubusang natatamasa, niyuyurakan pa ang ating karapatan ng mapaniil na pamahalaan," she added.

De Lima said that 28,000 have been killed in the government’s war on drugs but according to the police count, the number of those killed for alleged violent resistance since the administration took power in July 2016 was more than 5,000 as of the end of January.

The detained senator also cited the Chinese nationals illegally working in the country.

"Samahan din natin ang ating mga kababayang patuloy na naninindigan, silang mga nasa gobyerno, alagad ng Simbahan o karaniwang mamamayan, para maituwid ang baluktot at mapanagot ang mga tiwali at abusado," he said.

For Sen. Francis Pangilinan, he cited continuing threats to freedom.

"We continue to be faced with external and internal challenges that erode our people's hopes and threaten their freedom," Pangilinan said in a separate statement.

"For how can we be independent when our people are hungry for food, jobs, and justice?" he added.

He urged the public to treat Independence Day as "a reminder that the ways of freedom are never easy."

"Each day, we are always called upon to take action and keep guard to fight for and protect our territory, decent employment, equitable opportunities, and right to truth," he said.


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Pangilinan and De Lima on Independence Day: "Hindi tayo ganap na malaya" Pangilinan and De Lima on Independence Day: "Hindi tayo ganap na malaya" Reviewed by Nathan Singson on June 12, 2019 Rating: 5

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