Sen. De Lima: Paano Tayo Magdiwang ng New Year Kung Patuloy ang Patayan?


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Sen. De Lima: Paano Tayo Magdiwang ng New Year Kung Patuloy ang Patayan?

Senator Leila De Lima on Saturday criticized anew the Duterte administration’s war against illegal drugs, questioning how Filipinos can celebrate the New Year if killings and human rights violations persist.

“Paano nga ba magdiwang, kung nagpapatuloy ang patayan at kawalang katarungan sa lipunan?” De Lima said in her New Year message.

The senator, who has been tagged by President Rodrigo Duterte as the the public officials who received drug money, said the New Year is a symbol of hope and a celebration of all the blessings of the past year.

“Sagisag ang pagsapit ng Bagong Taon ng bagong simula at bagong pag-asa. Isa itong pagdiriwang dahil sa nalampasan nating mga pagsubok; ng pasasalamat sa mga biyaya, at paghahanda sa isang bagong kabanata,” De Lima said.

“Panahon ito ng pagbubuklod ng pamilyang Pilipino, na sa kabila ng mga hamon at problema, ay nagagawa pa ring magsaya at magsamasama,” she added.

But De Lima said that for some people, 2016 is not ending on a positive note for their loved ones either died from calamities or killed “even before they had the chance to change their lives.”

“May mga kababayan tayong hindi makakasama ang pamilya. May mga sinalanta ng bagyo, at mahihirapan pang makabangon sa pagkawasak ng mga tahanan at kabuhayan. May mga kababayan tayong pinatay, bago pa man bigyan ng pagkakataong magbagong-buhay,” De Lima said.

“Sa likod ng mga salo-salo at makikislap na palamuti, mayroon tayong mga kapwang nagdadalamhati at labis ang pighati sa gunita ng pinaslang na magulang, anak, kapatid, asawa, at kaibigan,” she added.

De Lima urged Filipinos to pray for the the victims of killings and continue to be more compassionate of their fellowmen.

“Isama sana natin sila sa ating mga panalangin. Gaano man kabigat ang mga pagsubok sa buhay, gaano man kadilim ang kabanatang bumabalot ngayon sa ating bayan, nananalig akong darating din ang liwanag,” she said.

“Sa pagsapit ng Bagong Taon, naniniwala ako sa higit pang pagmamalasakit ng Pilipino sa kapwa Pilipino at sa pagrespeto sa karapatang pantao. Sa gabay ng Panginoon, nawa’y magkaisa tayo tungo sa tunay na mapayapa at makatarungang bansa,” she added.

The Philippine National Police reported that from July 1 to 6 a.m. of December 31, a total of 2,167 people have been killed in police operations against illegal drugs under Project Double Barrel Alpha.

source: gma news

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