Courts allow detained Senator de Lima to visit critically-ill mother

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 14) — Two Muntinlupa courts have allowed detained Senator Leila de Lima to visit her critically-ill mother in Iriga City.

Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court Branches 256 and 205 granted de Lima's urgent motion for furlough to visit her 86-year-old mother, Norma, who is suffering from dementia.

The courts gave de Lima a maximum period of 48 hours, including travel time, from August 14 to 15. She must return on or before August 16. The Philippine National Police was ordered to provide personal escorts to de Lima.

De Lima's staff Ferdie Maglalang said the senator will proceed to their home in Iriga City, Camarines Sur, instead of the hospital in Naga City. He said they are preparing to arrange a plane trip to Legazpi this afternoon.

President Rodrigo Duterte sees no problem if the courts allow de Lima's request for furlough, Senator and long-time aide Bong Go said.

De Lima on August 9 asked the courts to let her temporarily leave her detention cell in Camp Crame as her family was advised to "prepare for the inevitable" as her mother's health continues to deteriorate. On August 11, she said her mother’s condition has improved, but it is still unpredictable on account of her old age and over-all weakened state.

The opposition senator has been detained for over two years over her alleged involvement in the illegal drug trade in the New Bilibid Prison.