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Bittersweet Christmas: De Lima still can’t see mom


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Despite the visitation grant to her on a “no visitors day”, detained Sen. Leila de Lima on Thursday said the early Christmas present she received is still incomplete sans her mother’s presence.

“I’m very glad and thankful that my request to be with my family this Christmas and New Year was granted especially because I failed to be with them during the Lent and All Saints’ Day which are two very important occasions for the entire family. This is indeed an early Christmas present,” she said.

“But while I’m elated about the news on the visitation grant, it still saddens me that I cannot be with my mother over the holidays considering that she is still unaware of my current situation and we don’t want to use her misery and grief by giving her details about my unjust detention,” De Lima added.

Nonetheless, the senator is said to be in high spirits as her family and relatives will be allowed to spend Christmas Day and New Year’s Day with her inside her detention facility in Philippine National Police (PNP) Custodial Center in Camp Crame.

De Lima earlier requested that the “no visitors day” rule during Mondays be lifted on the said dates.

“Since both holidays fall on a Monday, a ‘no visitors’ day, and in the spirit of the Yuletide season, may I humbly request for exemption from the ‘no visitors’ rule for both days and accordingly allow visits from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.,” she noted in her handwritten letter-request to the PNP.

On Dec. 20, De Lima confirmed that she, as with other PNP Custodial Center detainees, were granted visits from family and relatives on Christmas Eve, December 24, until 1 a.m. the following day and on December 25, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., also on December 31 until 1 a.m. the following day, and on January 1 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

In anticipation of Christmas Day, a Mass will be officiated and be attended by De Lima, along with her family and relatives, on Dec. 24.

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