[In the news] De Lima lauds House for approving bill that will protect human rights defenders -Manila Bulletin

Opposition Senator Leila de Lima on Friday lauded leaders of the House of Representatives for approving on third and final reading the measure seeking to provide protection to human rights defenders (HRDs) who have always been facing serious threats, intimidation, and harassment.

De Lima, a former justice secretary, at the same time, vowed to refile the measure in the Senate since the Senate committee on justice and human rights, chaired by Sen. Richard Gordon, failed to act on the counterpart bill.

“In the coming 18th Congress, I am re-filing the human rights defenders’ protection bill and I hope my colleagues, especially Sen. Gordon, will take a harder look at how HRDs have become more vulnerable to harassment these days,” de Lima said in a statement.

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