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Pati ba naman papeles? Winnie Monsod slams censorship of De Lima’s reading materials

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Reading, one of Senator Leila de Lima’s few remaining pasttimes in detention at the Philippine National Police Custodial Center, has been curtailed, former socioeconomic planning secretary Winnie Monsod has revealed.

In her September 30 column for the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Monsod disclosed how the administration has made life even more miserable for De Lima in detention.

“The latest sign of vindictiveness: All the materials that go to her are subject to ‘reasonable censorship,’ including Senate and even confidential lawyer-client materials,” she said.

Monsod, an economics professor at the University of the Philippines Diliman, noted that De Lima barely had to contend with spartan conditions in detention since she is not allowed the use of a cell phone, compute, radio, TV and an airconditioner.

Her visitors have also been limited, with foreign parliamentarians and human rights advocates barred from visiting her.

De Lima has been detained in Camp Crame since February in connection with the drug-related charges filed by the Department of Justice.

Reflecting on De Lima’s condition in jail, Monsod couldn’t help but be alarmed.

“What has she done to deserve this? Remember, Reader, if it can be done to her, it can be done to any of us,” she said.