De Lima secures 48-hour pass from court to visit sick mother

Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 14 2019 10:31 AM | Updated as of Aug 14 2019 02:41 PM

MANILA (UPDATE) -- Two judges have granted Senator Leila de Lima's request to visit her ailing mother. 

The opposition senator was allowed to leave her detention cell from Aug. 14 to 15, but she should be back in Camp Crame on or before Aug. 16, according to separate orders from the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court Branches 205 and 256.

Branch 205 Judge Liezel Aquiatan and Branch 256 Judge Gener Gito granted De Lima’s request on humanitarian grounds.

De Lima cannot give media interviews while visiting her ailing 86-year-old mother, Norma Magistrado De Lima, in Iriga City, Aquiatan said. The senator will only be allowed to stay at the hospital for not more than 8 hours, the judge added.

In a letter last Friday, De Lima appealed for prayers as her mother's health had deteriorated.

De Lima was also allowed to vote last May and attend the thanksgiving dinner of her son, Vincent Joshua de Lima Bohol, who passed the Bar last June. It, however, rejected the lawmaker's request to attend her son’s graduation from law school in 2018.

De Lima has been detained for over 2 years. She claims her drug cases are due to her being an outspoken critic of President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs.