De Lima: Liver mass not malignant, no need for operation

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 14) — Senator Leila De Lima will not need an operation for a mass found in her liver last month.

In a statement on Wednesday, the Senator dispelled concerns about her health after results from her CT scan showed the mass was "not malignant."

"I have received the results of my CT-Scan and am very grateful that the impression of a 'liver mass' detected from my check-up last February 15 is not malignant. This means that there is no need for an operation," she said in a statement.

De Lima was granted a one-day furlough on Monday for a CT scan at the Philippine Heart Center after doctors found an impression of a mass in her liver last February.

De Lima, who is detained at the Philippine National Police Custodial Center in Camp Crame, had requested the leave after the mass was discovered during a routine checkup at the Philippine National Police General Hospital.

Following the scan, she assured supporters there was "nothing to worry about."

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De Lima thanked God, her loved ones, and supporters for their concern after receiving the good news. She added, she is dedicated to fulfilling her duties as a Senator despite being detained.

"Hinding-hindi po ako magpapanggap na may sakit para lang makalaya, at lalo na, para magpaawa. Huwag po kayong maawa sa akin. Maawa po kayo sa bayan," she added.

[Translation: I would never pretend to be sick just so they'd allow me to leave jail or to gain people's sympathy. Don't feel bad for me. Feel bad for the country.]

De Lima, a staunch critic of President Rodrigo Duterte, has been detained in Camp Crame for more than a year over drug charges. She has denied any involvement in the illegal drug trade.

The embattled Senator said she would continue to fight not just for her release, but for the country's freedom as well.

"Mananatili po akong naninindigan para sa katotohanan, katarungan at kapakanan ng ating mga mamamayan," she said.

[Translation: I will continue to stand up for the truth, for justice, and for the good of our countrymen.]

De Lima also took a jab at the administration's war on illegal drugs after prosecutors from the Justice Department cleared self-confessed drug dealer Kerwin Espinosa and more than 20 others. Espinosa was one of the key witnesses against De Lima.

"Ngayon nga pong inabswelto ng DOJ sina Peter Lim, Kerwin Espinosa, Peter Co at iba pang sangkot sa ilegal na droga, lalong napapagtibay ang aking pagiging inosente, at ang aking paniniwala sa simula't sapul na peke at palpak ang War on Drugs ni Duterte," she said.

[Translation: The Department of Justice's move to absolve Peter Lim, Kerwin Espinosa, Peter Co, and other personalities involved in illegal drugs, has further proven my innocence and my belief that Duterte's war on drugs is fake and flawed.]