De Lima hopes to attend
special joint session on martial law
MANILA, July 21 -- Detained Sen. Leila de Lima on Friday expressed hope
that she would be allowed to participate when the Senate and House of
Representatives convene in a joint session to discuss the extension of the
period of martial law on Saturday (July 22).
"Sana nga ho payagan ako mag-participate bukas [special joint session of
Congress]. Unfortunately, wala pa hong aksyon yung Korte Suprema sa aking
nakabinbin na Motion for Legislative Furlough (I hope they allow me to
participate tomorrow. Unfortunately, the Supreme Court has not acted on my
Motion for Legislative Furlough),” De Lima told reporters on the sidelines
of the hearing on her ‘disobedience to summons’ in Quezon City.
“Gusto ko po sana pumunta rin doon para mag-participate sa
napaka-importanteng proceeding (I want to go there to participate in a very
important proceeding),” she added.
De Lima, meanwhile, urged fellow lawmakers to thoroughly review the
justification to extend the period of martial law in Mindanao.
She said that it is important to find out whether there really is an actual
rebellion or if there still is an actual rebellion present in Mindanao.
In May, De Lima expressed her intention to join deliberations on important
measures and hearings.
She is currently detained at the Philippine National Police (PNP) Custodial
Center in Camp Crame, Quezon City for drug trafficking charges. However, she
is allowed to file bills and resolutions in the Senate. (Azer N. Parrocha/PNA)