Bartolina?! Minority senators reveal: De Lima under solitary confinement since April 25

Bartolina?! Minority senators reveal: De Lima under solitary confinement since April 25

The minority bloc in the senate are in unison in their protest regarding the news that senator Lela De Lima allegedly been in solitary confinement inside the detention center in Camp Crame in Quezon city since April 25.

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon and senators Francis Pangilinan and Rissa Hontiveros jointly wrote Philippine National Police Chief General Archie Gamboa last week saying De Lima’s placement in “incommunicado detention” was unconstitutional.

The three senators also asked the PNP Chief to implement the “necessary remedial action” as regards the condition of senator De Lima.

Senators Drilon, Hontiveros, and Pangilinan
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“This action of the PNP Custodial Center is unconstitutional, illegal, and violates a cardinal precept of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant and Political Rights that solitary confinement and incommunicado detention are universally outlawed,” they said.

The minority senator said De Lima raised her isolation state to the Philippine National Police Custodial Center but allegedly it was denied “on the pretext of enforcing the Metro-wide Modified ECQ (Enhanced Community Quarantine).”

The lady senator was a former Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary during the Aquino administration and has been in detention since 2017 over drug related charges while with the DOJ.

She has repeatedly said her detention is part of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s political persecution of those who are critical to his policies.

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