akbayan2014We are alarmed that the issuance of a warrant of arrest against Sen. Leila de Lima signals an administration deploying strong arm tactics against its critics. De Lima's impending arrest is the administration's way of flexing its power by using state machinery against those who oppose its policies.

It is therefore in our collective interest to defend our democracy against this bullying and brazen abuse of power. We must resist tyranny whether it is exercised against one, or many.

We reiterate that the cases against Sen. De Lima are hearsay and have no basis in fact. It is political persecution, nothing more., nothing less.

We call on all freedom-loving citizens to guard against the excesses of those in power who meet principled dissent with terror and violence. If this persecution can be leveled against a duly elected official, it can be repeated against anyone.