De Lima takes break from detention for medical check-up


Posted at Mar 12 2018 03:06 PM | Updated as of Mar 12 2018 05:14 PM

MANILA - (UPDATED) Senator Leila de Lima on Monday left her cell at the police general headquarters for a one-day medical furlough, video footage showed.

A Muntinlupa City court hearing drug-dealing charges against the lawmaker allowed her to undergo a CT scan at the Philippine Heart Center.

In a statement, De Lima said she went through a routine and periodic medical examination last February at the Philippine National Police General Hospital, where an impression of a "liver mass" was found.

"My physician ordered that I have to immediately undergo further examination, particularly 'CT Scan (tri-phase) of the liver' due to a finding of an impression of a 'liver mass' As prescribed by my doctor, the said test is necessary to determine if the 'liver mass' is benign or malignant," she said.

De Lima also said there is nothing to worry about her health condition.

"There is nothing to worry about. This is just part of a routine medical check-up to determine if I should go through an operation to avoid any complications," she said.

According to De Lima, she will reveal to the public the results of her medical tests as soon as they are available.

"At bilang bahagi ng pananagutan ko bilang lingkod-bayan, agad ko pong ipagbibigay alam sa publiko ang resulta ng nasabing medical examination ukol sa estado ng aking kalusugan," she also said.

De Lima, a critic of President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs, has been detained since February 2017 on allegations that she benefited from the sale of illegal drugs from the New Bilibid Prison during her stint as justice secretary under the previous administration. 

The senator denied the charge which she dismissed as political persecution.