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Palace leaves De Lima furlough to DOJ: We will never interfere

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By Prince Golez

Malacanang will leave it up to the Department of Justice to decide on Senator Leila de Lima’s request for furlough to visit her ailing mother.

“The President does not interfere with any case involving anybody. Never naman sya nakialam. The discretion lies on the court,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo told reporters Monday.

“Basta we will never interfere with whatever cases there are pending before the courts,” according to Panelo.

The Department of Justice earlier said it will not oppose the motion of de Lima, who is currently detained at the Custodial Center of the Philippine National Police in Cam Crame on drug charges, to visit her mother in Iriga City Camarines Sur.

“I will ask the prosecutors not to object for humanitarian reasons,” said Secretary Menardo Guevarra.

De Lima’s mother was diagnosed with dementia.

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