De Lima: I'm safe 'as long as people remember me'

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — In a handwritten note dated March 15, Sen. Leila de Lima expressed she feels safe in detention, so long as people remember her.

"A recent visitor told me this: 'All things considered, you are safer here in this walled and guarded place than you are outside,'" she wrote.

Still, the senator fears for her life, after her arrest on February 24 over drug-related charges.

"This made me ponder. Such statement has some ring of truth. Yes, to a certain extent, I may be safe where I am now physically, but up to when will I truly be safe?" she said.

Supporters have been rallying behind De Lima for being one of the most vocal critics of President Rodrigo Duterte over his alleged extrajudicial killings.

The Senator has been issuing dispatches daily since being detained at the Philippine National Police Custodial Center in Camp Crame, bolstering her fight through written words.

"As long as I'm heard and felt, as long as people remember me, as long as the global community continues to set its eyes and raise a conceited voice of concern and condemnation about the extrajudicial killings and persecution, I'm probably safe here and now," she wrote. "But it might be a different story once people begin to forget and abandon me."

European Parliament support

The letter was made public just as the European Parliament of the European Union (EU) adopted a joint resolution on Thursday, calling for the immediate release of De Lima.

In the statement, the European Parliament called for De Lima to be provided with adequate security, and for the Philippine authorities "to ensure a fair trial, recalling the right to the presumption of innocence, to drop all politically motivated charges against her and to end any further acts of harassment against her."

Aside from De Lima's case, the body also expressed its concern over the Philippine drug war and its victims.

It urged the Philippine government "to prioritize the fight against trafficking networks and drug barons over tracking down small-scale consumers."

"The European Parliament…strongly condemns the high number of extrajudicial killings by the armed forces and vigilante groups related to the anti-drug campaign....expresses grave concern over credible reports to the effect that the Philippine police force is falsifying evidence to justify extrajudicial killings, and that overwhelmingly the urban poor are those being targeted," the statement said.

It also endorsed the rejection of the reimposition of death penalty, which had been approved on third reading at the House of Representatives earlier this month.

Diplomatic relations between the Philippines and the EU was established on 1964, upon the appointment of the Philippine Ambassador to the former European Economic Community.