Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG) chairman and human rights lawyer Chel Diokno said the continued denial of visitors to detained Sen. Leila De Lima violates her rights under the Constitution and international laws.
“It’s a blatant violation of the Constitution and of international treaties which our government is legally bound to follow,” he said in his social media post.
“Sen. Leila is innocent until proven guilty, and must be treated that way,” he pointed out.
Diokno made the statement after he and his companions were turned away on Friday (June 5) when they tried visiting her at the Custodial Center of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Camp Crame in Quezon City.
Those who were with him were priest Fr. Flavie Villanueva and her chief of staff Atty. Philip Sawali.
“This just confirms the incommunicado detention of Sen. Leila,” Diokno said in his social media posts.
“Hindi ito makatao,” he stressed.
The PNP explained it is implementing measures to prevent the spread of the deadly 2019 coronavirus (COVID-19) inside detention facilities.
De Lima has been detained due to non-bailable drug charges she is facing before the Muntinlupa City regional trial court in connection with her alleged involvement in the proliferation of illegal drugs in the New Bilibid Prison (NBP).