Two magistrates granted Senator Leila de Lima’s application to visit her ailing mother.
The opposition politician was permitted to leave her prison cell from Aug. 14 to 15, but according to distinct instructions from the Muntinlupa Regional TrialCourt Branches 205 and 256, she should be back in Camp Crame on or before Aug 16.
Branch 205 Judge Liezel Aquiatan and Branch 256 Judge General Gito granted De Lima’s application on humanitarian basis.De Lima is unable to offer media interviews while visiting her 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, the judgeadded.De Lima was also permitted to vote last May and attend her son’s thanks giving supper, Vincent Joshua de Lima Bohol, who passed the bar last June. However, it dismissed the lawmaker’s application to attend the law school graduation of herson in 2018.
De Lima has been in detention for over 2 years.
She argues that her druginstances are due to her being an outspoken critic of the drug war of President Rodrigo Duterte.