Malungkot ba sya? Diokno barred from seeing Sen. De Lima

Malungkot ba sya? Diokno barred from seeing Sen. De Lima

Self proclaimed Human Rights lawyer Chel Diokno wanted to see and talk with detained Senator Leila De Lima in Camp Crame but was sad to go home without seeing the glimpse of the detained senator.
Diokno along with priest Father Flavie Villanueva, and De Lima’s chief-of-staff Atty. Fhillip Sawali, was at the Custodial Center when they presented their ID’s and patiently waited for Senator De Lima for about an hour but was denied by the Philippine National Police (PNP) entry in visiting the senator.

The denial was due to procedural matters, according to the PNP.
Chel Diokno and detained senator Leila De Lima
(photo credit to owner)

“Tayo ay nasa Camp Crame ngayon para kay Senator Leila de Lima. Pero nung kami’y pumasok sa Custodial Center, ay hindi kami pinayagang bumisita. Sabi daw ay hintayin daw namin yung request sa itaas,” Diokno said.
The camp of senator De Lima claims that she has been bared to seeing / entertaining visitors since April 25, 2020.
Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon, and opposition senators Risa Hontiveros and Francis Pangilinan sent a letter last May 23 to PNP Chief General Archie Gamboa asking immediate remedial corrections to what they perceived as “unconstitutional, illegal, and violates the cardinal precept of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Politial Rights that solitary confinement and incommunicado detention are universally outlawed.”

Diokno and Sawali is claiming that the disallowing to see the detained senator or any access to doctors, priests, and counsellors, which are categorized as essential visitors is a direct violation of her rights as protected by the 1987 Constitution.

“Bawal po ito sa ating full Constitution. Tinatawag po itong incommunicado detention. May mga batas din po tayo at mga international standards and laws, kagaya ng Mandela Rules, na karapatan po ng sinomang nakakulong ang reasonable contact to the outside world,” Sawali said.

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