De Lima asks Senate to let her vote on 'crucial' bills


Posted at May 21 2017 12:30 PM

Zandro Ochona, ABS-CBN News

Zandro Ochona, ABS-CBN News

Zandro Ochona, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - Senator Leila de Lima has asked the Senate to allow her to participate and vote in crucial landmark laws even if she is currently detained at the PNP Custodial Center.

In a letter dated May 11, 2017 and addressed to Senate President Koko Pimentel, De Lima cited Senator Antonio Trillanes IV as an example of a lawmaker who was allowed to participate in legislation while in detention. 

"The minimum that I request is for an expression of support for my desire to occasionally be granted furlough by the court in charge of my detention, for purposes of voting on crucial landmark legislations, on a case-to-case basis," De Lima said.

De Lima stressed that she has not been stripped of her office and she is just a "mere detention prisoner in full possession of political and civil rights." 

"The temporary absolute disqualification and temporary special disqualification for public office do not take effect during the period of detention while I am still on trial," she explained.

De Lima added that the Commission on Elections even allowed prisoners to register and vote during the elections before.

She also pointed out that some detained senators were granted furloughs by the court so they can attend birthdays.

"The fact remains that I am still a Senator of the Republic. It is only a question of whether you still consider me as one," she added.--Report from Zandro Ochona, ABS-CBN News