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Nasaan ang diwa ng Pasko? De Lima slams ‘visitation ban’ on political detainees

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The Duterte administration has reached another low, with the unjustified “visitation ban” on political detainees in Camp Bagong Diwa in Bicutan, Taguig City.

Senator Leila de Lima made the remark as she denounced the reported ban for families of political prisoners from visiting their loved ones, especially during this Yuletide season.

“I condemn this blatant violation of the rights of these persons deprived of liberty (PDL). The timing of this latest harassment couldn’t be any worse, considering the Christmas season,” she said on Thursday.

“Pati ba naman ang sariling pamilya, ipagkakait pa sa mga bilanggong pulitikal ngayong kapaskuhan? Ano na naman ang palusot na ibibigay nila sa lantarang panggigipit na ito?” De Lima asked.

De Lima cited a particular case of Fides Lim, the wife of political prisoner Vic Ladlad who is detained at MMDJ-4, Bicutan, who claimed to have been banned by authorities to visit her husband last December 22.

Lim turned to Facebook to express her disgust. “I protest why I am not being allowed right now to visit my husband to bring him food and medicines.”

“I have been here for hours now at Gate 1. The guards at the gate led by a Major Pascua said he is just following orders not to allow me in,” Lim said on Facebook.

While President Duterte has declared a ceasefire with the rebels, De Lima lamented “how he continues to order the security forces to silence his critics and deprive them of the remaining rights they have once detained.”

“Ginoong Pangulo, d’yan ka nagkakamali,” the opposition senator said who was detained in February 2017 at the Philippine National Police (PNP) Custodial Center on drug charges.

“Ang panggigipit mo ang higit na magbibigay-tapang sa mamamayan upang labanan ang mga mala-diktador mong asta,” she said in a statement.

She added, “These political detainees may be harassed for eternity, but they will never stop fighting for their principles and their cause.”

“You can never silence the idea of resistance that is fueled by the tyranny and corruption of your own regime,” the senator from Bicol said.

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