Leila De Lima Seeks Permission to Muntinlupa Court To Let Her Temporarily Leave Jail To See Ill Mom
LEILA DE LIMA – Detained politician Leila De Lima is asking Muntinlupa court to let her temporarily leave jail to see her ill mother.
Filipina lawyer, politician and human rights activist Leila De Lima is among the most controversial personalities in the Philippines. She was the chairman of Philippine Commission on Human Rights in 2008 then became the Secretary of the Department of Justice in 2010.
In 2015, she resigned as DOJ secretary to focus on her Senatorial candidacy. She eventually won during the 2016 general election.
Leila De Lima is currently detained in the New Bilibid Prison over her alleged involvement in the illegal drug trade. The 59-year-old politician has been jailed for over three (3) years now.
Based on a report from CNN News, the senator asked the court to let her temporarily leave prison to visit her ailing mom for the last time.
Her lawyer Raymond Baguilat told the media on Friday that the senator has filed an urgent motion for a furlough at the Muntinlupa court.
“Kasi ‘yung mother ni Senator De Lima na critically ill based sa mga doctor niya doon so, nag re-request kami ng opportunity sana na mabigyan ng chance si ma’am na mabisita for the last time ‘yung mom niya before she expires,” he said.
According to the report, Leila de Lima’s 90-year-old mother, Norma, is suffering from dementia. Her family initially came up to a decision that they will not reveal De Lima’s drug charges to her mother. They’re just telling her that she went abroad for work.
Norma previously visited her daughter in Camp Crame last Christmas.
“Having missed each other for almost two years, we cried while hugging each other,” said De Lima in a letter from her cell.
Based on the report, Leila De Lima also said in the letter that her mom remains clueless about her state due to her dementia.
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