MANILA - Senate President Vicente Sotto III on Thursday said he paid a visit to detained Senator Leila De Lima to discuss her possible participation in legislative hearings, among other things.
"Binisita ko si Sen. de Lima para makamusta ang kaniyang kalagayan. Pinagusap (sic) din namin ang mga bills na kanyang sinusulong at kung papaano po siya makakadalo sa mga hearings," Sotto said in a statement.
(I visited Sen. de Lima to check on her condition. We talked about bills she is pushing and how she can attend hearings.)
De Lima is accused of accepting payoffs from convicted crime lords when she was still justice secretary. She has been detained on drug charges at the police Custodial Center since February 2017.
The opposition senator has asserted her right to participate in the deliberations of legislative measures and attend Senate functions, even through electronic means.
"I have work to do as a senator and I will continue to do so because I owe it to the more than 14 million Filipino people who voted me in office and represent them in the Senate," De Lima had said in a statement last year.
De Lima noted that in the 1950s, then Senator Justiniano Montano was charged with the non-bailable offense of multiple murders but was allowed to post bail to perform his senatorial duties.
She added that sometime in 2008, the Senate under the leadership of then Senate President Aquilino Pimentel allowed then detained Senator Antonio Trillanes IV to participate in Senate proceedings through teleconferencing.