De Lima allowed to travel abroad: DOJ

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 10 2016 12:13 PM | Updated as of Dec 10 2016 12:28 PM

Senators Leila de Lima and Richard Gordon are seen during the Senate Committee on Justice and Human Rights hearing held at the Senate in Pasay City, Metro Manila on 13 October 2016. Voltaire Domingo/NPPA IMAGES

MANILA - The Department of Justice (DOJ) has given Senator Leila de Lima the go signal to proceed with her planned travels abroad.

"Acting on the Letter of Senator De Lima relative to her plan to travel abroad, the DOJ has issued an Allow Departure Order or ADO to allow her to travel abroad because no case has yet been filed against her before the courts," Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre said.

On Friday, De Lima bared her plans to leave for the United States to accept an award and to Germany to speak before the Annual Conference on Cultural Diplomacy.

"Both visits are very important to me because as a senator, I will have a chance to speak before influential world leaders and global thinkers on raising awareness and support for human rights, an advocacy I am passionate about," De Lima said in a statement.

De Lima assured the public that she will return to the country after her official travel.

"I hope my brief absence would provide a welcome relief and respite to my detractors and critics. I will keep them in mind though," she said.

The senator's name is being linked to the illegal drug trade inside the national penitentiary.