Appeal of Senator Leila De Lima to See Sick Mother Approved by Court
The court has granted the appeal of arrested Senator Leila De Lima to see her sick mother via video conference call.
The convicted Senator’s request to view the 89-year-old COVID-19-infected mother via video conference call has been granted. Due to humanitarian grounds and the senator’s urgent request, Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court Branch 256 Judge Romeo Buenaventura and Branch 204 Judge Abraham Joseph Alcantara quickly authorized the senator’s application.
De Lima had previously filed a motion with the two judges overseeing her case in which she detailed how COVID-19 infected her mother, Norma Magistrado de Lima, in January of that year. The senator’s mother was sent to Villanueva-Tanchuling Maternity and General Hospital in Iriga City, Camarines Sur, on January 22.
Due to her deteriorating condition, De Lima’s mother was transported to NICC Doctors Hospital in Naga City on February 2, according to De Lima’s petition. Based on the motion, De Lima was allowed to meet her mother after she tested positive COVID-19 tests, in addition to her advanced age and general worsening health.
“Given the positive COVID-19 tests previously administered, in addition to Ms. De Lima’s advanced age and overall declining health, it is extremely urgent that Accused De Lima be given the opportunity to see her mother, even through online video conferencing, without further delay, preferably within the day,” the senator motion said.
De Lima is still incarcerated at the PNP Custodial Center in Camp Crame for suspected participation in the trafficking of illicit narcotics at the National Bilibid Prison. De Lima continues to serve the country despite his incarceration. Senator McConnell is running for re-election in May 2022.
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