Detained Senator Leila De Lima has been granted a 48-hour furlough by the Muntinlupa City Regional Trial Court (RTC) so that she can visit her ailing mother in Iriga City, Camarines Sur.
Muntinlupa City RTC Branches 256 and 205 have issued separate resolutions allowing her furlough for 48 hours from August 14 to 16.
“The accused is allowed to go on furlough for a maximum period of forty-eight hours including travel time from August 14 and 15, 2019 but must return on or before August 16, 2019,” read one of the resolutions.
“PNP (Philippine National Police) 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,” the court ordered.
In granting her furlough, the RTC set conditions to De Lim which she must following including “refrain from giving interviews and using communication gadgets during the entire duration of the furlough.”
The court also told De Lima that she “shall bear all the necessary costs and expenses for her security and transport from the PNP Custodial Center in Camp Crame, Quezon City to Iriga City and their return.”
De Lima is facing three charges over her alleged involvement in the proliferation of the narcotics trade at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP).
In her motion, De Lima informed the RTC that her mother has been hospitalized and is critical condition.
“As a daughter, she owes everything to the woman who gave her life and, in her present predicament, the only way she could show her deepest love and appreciation for her mother’s love and care over the last 60 years is to be with her in her last moments on earth,” read her motion.