Opposition Senator Leila de Lima on Saturday August 21 said she thanks Senator Panfilo ‘’Ping’’ M. Lacson for a number of courtesies he showed while she is ‘illegally’ detained.
‘’When you are in jail for a crime you didn’t commit, you appreciate every act of kindness,’’ De Lima said in a press statement.
De Lima has been incarcerated at the custodial center at Camp Crame for alleged illegal drugs-related charges.
The lady senator from Bicol issued the statement after receiving word that the camp of Lacson reacted to a recent Rappler article by Professor Walden Bello, where it was mentioned that Lacson is one of those Duterte’s enablers involved in the effort to crucify her.
‘’Senator Ping reportedly belied said article, saying that in fact Senator Ping was supportive of me once I was detained,’’ she said.
‘’He joined the call that I be allowed to participate in Senate sessions via videoconference, and that I be accorded hospital confinement during emergencies,’’ she pointed out.
‘’I do not wish to delve, at this point, on his alleged role in my persecution. But let me say this—Senator Ping and I have not always seen eye to eye but while I have been illegally detained, he did show me a number of courtesies,’’ she pointed out.
‘’That is undeniable. I thank him for that,’’ she added.