De Lima Starts Writing Autobiography “Chained Angel”

Detained Senator Leila De Lima may have a limited reach outside, but she finds solace in writing. In solitude, detained Sen. Leila de Lima finds strength in the written word.

Facing an indefinite detention over drug charges filed against her by the Duterte administration, De Lima has been issuing daily dispatches from her cell at the Philippine National Police Custodial Center in Camp Crame, Quezon City.

Her handwritten notes have become an outlet of sorts for her thoughts and emotions. “Indeed, I cannot be silenced,” she said.

De Lima is facing trial for the alleged proliferation of illegal drugs at New Bilibid Prison when she was justice secretary. She has repeatedly denied the charges, attributing her legal woes to the “vengeful” President Duterte.

“The regular issuance of dispatches and messages comes a long way in terms of expressing my thoughts on burning issues and my innermost feelings about my current situation,” said De Lima in a handwritten response to the Inquirer’s questions sent through her staff.

But De Lima’s passion in writing is not limited to daily dispatches only.

On Friday, she revealed that a week after she confined, she started writing her autobiography, and plan release the book on Christmas Day. A publisher has already accepted drafts of her work according to the Senator.

I have enough time wring now. I always wanted to be a novelist and my autobiography is a good start.

According to the Senator, he book “Chained Angel” will include the whole details of her career as a lawyer and her positions as Commissioner of CHR and as Senator, up to her present life.

Apart from writing, De Lima is reading books, including the one given by former President Benigno Aquino III titled, “The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich,” by William Shirer. /Nikki Maliksi/


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