De Lima on furlough casts vote


Posted at May 13 2019 01:34 PM

MANILA -- Detained Sen. Leila de Lima on Monday cast her vote in the midterm polls that would determine if President Rodrigo Duterte could beef up support in the legislature. 

De Lima, a fierce critic of Duterte's narcotics crackdown, has been detained since February 2017 for allegedly accepting drug payoffs from convicted drug lords when she was still justice secretary, which she denied. 

A Muntinlupa court granted her request for furlough to vote during the elections that saw her opposition allies from the Otso Diretso slate languishing in surveys. \De Lima will shoulder all costs for her transport from her detention facility in Camp Crame, Quezon City to Parañaque City where her polling precinct is located, the court earlier said. 

The court also barred her from granting interviews. 

Of the 8 candidates of Otso Diretso, only Sen. Bam Aquino has a statistical chance of winning, according to a May 3 to 6 Pulse Asia poll.