De Lima seeks to attend Senate probe into Kian slay

Jamaine Punzalan, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 22 2017 11:14 AM

Senator Leila De Lima. File Photo

MANILA - Detained Senator Leila De Lima on Tuesday sought permission from the Supreme Court to attend a legislative inquiry into the killing of 17-year-old Kian Delos Santos during the bloodiest week of the government's war on drugs.

In her urgent supplemental motion for legislative furlough, De Lima moved to "attend, participate and perform her duty" as a duly elected official at the Senate probe scheduled Thursday.

De Lima earlier asked the high court for occasional furlough so she could cast her vote in crucial landmark legislation.

This was De Lima's only available recourse as the Supreme Court had earlier ruled against allowing detained lawmakers to join all legislative sessions or hearings.

De Lima has been detained at the Philippine National Police (PNP) Custodial Center in Quezon City since February for her alleged involvement in the New Bilibid Prison's illegal drug trade. She has denied the accusations.
The opposition senator last year led an inquiry into the alleged extrajudicial killings under President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs.