Duterte won’t object on De Lima plea to visit ailing mother
MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte will not object to the request of detained Sen. Leila De Lima for the court to allow her to visit her ailing 86-year-old mother in Camarines Sur.
In a text message to reporters, Senator Christopher “Bong” Go said Duterte would have “no objection if the courts allow Sen. Leila de Lima to see her mother.”
De Lima has filed before the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court a very urgent motion for furlough to visit her mother Norma Magistrado De Lima on August 15 or sooner.
In her motion, De Lima pleaded for “the utmost kind consideration of the Honorable Court, as a daughter who wants to be able to see and, perhaps, hold her mother close for the last time.”
Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo on Monday said Malacañang will not meddle on the request of the detained senator.
“Well ever since, the President has not interfered with any case involving anybody. he never interfered. So the discretion lies always on the court,” Panelo said.
“We will never interfere with whatever cases there are pending before the courts,” he added.
De Lima, one of the staunchest critics of Duterte, is currently detained for drug charges at the Philippine National Police custodial center inside Camp Crame in Quezon City. /muf
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