De Lima granted 48 hours from RTC to visit ailing mother

De Lima granted 48 hours from RTC to visit ailing mother

Detained opposition senator Leila De Lima was granted by two judges to have a furlough to visit her ailing mother in the province.

De Lima was granted a 48-hour pass, was allowed to leave her detention cell from Aug. 14 to 15, but she should be back in Camp Crame in Quezon city on or before Aug. 16, according to separate orders from the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branches 205 and 256.

Branch 205 Judge Liezel Aquiatan and Branch 256 Judge Gener Gito granted Senator De Lima’s request on humanitarian grounds.

De Lima cannot give media interviews while visiting her ailing 86-year-old mother, Norma Magistrado De Lima, in Iriga City, Aquiatan said. The senator will only be allowed to stay at the hospital for not more than 8 hours, RTC Order added.
In a letter last Friday, Senator Leila De Lima appealed for prayers as her mother's health had deteriorated.

As per court records, Senator De Lima was also allowed to vote last May and attend the thanksgiving dinner of her son, Vincent Joshua de Lima Bohol, who passed the Bar last June. It, however, rejected the lawmaker's request to attend her son’s graduation from law school in 2018.

She has been detained for more than 2 years for drug related charges, up to this day she calls an oppression of the Duterte administration being one of its fiercest critic

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