By Hannah Torregoza
The Philippine National Police (PNP) Custodial Center has finally relaxed its strict no visitors policy at the Custodial Center where Senator Leila de Lima is detained.
The senator herself confirmed this in a statement, Wednesday, saying she welcomes the move of the PNP leadership to finally allow her to be visited by family members and some select people.
“Finally, the strict no access, no visitors policy here at the PNP Custodial Center has been relaxed, by allowing scheduled visits, on specific days a week, from family members and selected staff, lawyers, personal doctors and spiritual advisers, all in limited nos. and limited time slots,” de Lima said.
According to the senator, no other visitors are allowed at this point.
“While far from ideal, I can live with this interim set-up. Good enough, in keeping with the avowed objective of ensuring the good health and safety of the PDL and custodial personnel while the COVID-19 pandemic rages on,” she further said.
“I just hope that there will be gradual expansion in the restoration of visitation rights, both in terms of scope and duration. Thank you for your prayers and support,” she added.
The PNP, earlier, barred her lawyer and advisors visiting the senator following the outbreak of the COVID-19 disease. The PNP leadership reasoned out they had to enforce the policy to prevent the disease from spreading within the police camp and likewise, follow the enhanced community quarantine guidelines.
De Lima’s camp and fellow members of the Senate minority bloc earlier decried the PNP’s move to put their colleague under “solitary confinement” saying it is a violation of her rights under the 1987 Constitution.