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Kulong na nga, binartolina pa! Minority senators reveal: De Lima under solitary confinement since April 25

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Senators from the minority bloc are protesting Senator Leila De Lima’s alleged solitary confinement inside the Philippine National Police Custodial Center in Camp Crame since April 25.

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon and Senators Risa Hontiveros and Francis Pangilinan wrote PNP chief General Archie Gamboa last week saying De Lima’s placement in “incommunicado detention” was unconstitutional.

The senators also appealed to Gamboa to implement the “necessary remedial action” for De Lima.

“This action of the PNP Custodial Center is unconstitutional, illegal, and violates a cardinal precept of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant and Political Rights that solitary confinement and incommunicado detention are universally outlawed,” they said.

The minority senators said De Lima raised her situation with the chief of the PNP Custodial Center but it was allegedly denied “on the pretext of enforcing the Metro-wide Modified ECQ (Enhanced Community Quarantine).”

De Lima has been detained at Camp Crame since 2017 over drug-related charges. She has repeatedly said her detention is part of political persecution.

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