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Philippine court allows detained senator to visit ailing mother

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer) — A regional trial court on Wednesday granted detained Sen. Leila De Lima’s request to visit her ailing mother in Iriga City.

Leila De Lima

In two separate orders, the court said De Lima is given 48 hours, including travel time from Aug. 14 to 15 to see her 86-year-old mother, Norma Magistrado De Lima.

Senator De Lima, who has been detained since Feb. 2017, has to be back at the Philippine National Police Custodial Center on Aug. 16.

“PNP Chief Director Oscar Albayalde or his representative, in coordination with the sheriff of this court shall provide adequate personal escorts and security measures in all movements and disposition of accused De Lima,” read the court’s order.

The court allowed the opposition senator to be at the hospital where her mother is confined or at their residence in Iriga City.

All expenses related to the furlough shall be shouldered by de Lima, the court said.

De Lima, 60, is facing non-bailable drug charges for her alleged involvement in the illegal drug trade inside the national penitentiary.

A vocal critic of President Rodrigo Duterte’s “war on drugs,” De Lima has denied the allegations, which she said is a form of political persecution.