Court allows De Lima to leave jail for one-day medical check-up

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 10) — A Muntinlupa court has allowed detained Senator Leila de Lima to leave her detention center for a one-day medical furlough.

De Lima is set to undergo a CT scan at the Philippine Heart Center in Quezon City on Monday afternoon to have her liver problem checked.

Judge Amelia Fabros-Corpuz of Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court's Branch 205 granted on March 6 De Lima's "very urgent motion for medical furlough."

CNN Philippines obtained a copy of the court order Saturday.


"The prosecution and the defense agreed in open court that the CT scan procedure be done at the Philippine Heart Center, Quezon City," the order read.

All "corresponding expenses" will be shouldered by De Lima, the court said.

It said De Lima filed the request on February 22, "following the findings of an impression of a liver mass."

This was the result of De Lima's periodic medical examination at the Philippine National Police (PNP) General Hospital on February 15, the court said.

The prosecution on February 26 opposed De Lima's motion saying the hospital inside Camp Crame could examine De Lima.

But there was no CT scan machine in the PNP General Hospital, its chief, Senior Supt. Reimound Sales said in a court hearing.

The court also ordered the police to provide adequate security for De Lima "to forestall any possibility of escape" and to immediately bring her back to jail for detention.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque told CNN Philippines the Palace defers to the decision of the judiciary on this matter.

This was the first time De Lima was granted a furlough after filing requests in the past for her to be allowed to participate in legislative inquiries as a senator.

De Lima has been detained without bail at the Philippine National Police Custodial Center in Camp Crame since February 2017 over drug charges.

A staunch critic of the Duterte administration, De Lima has repeatedly denied involvement in the illegal drug trade. She said she is a victim of political persecution, a claim Malacañang has repeatedly denied.

After over a year in jail, De Lima through her statements continued to condemn the Duterte's attacks against the media and critics, herself included.

"Ang aking unjust detention ay malinaw na patunay na tayo ngayon ay nakapailalim na sa isang 'authoritarian regime' kahit walang pormal na deklarasyon ng Martial Law sa buong bansa," De Lima said in a statement on Saturday.

[Translation: "My unjust detention is proof that we are under 'authoritarian regime' even without a nationwide martial law."]