Pimentel, Hontiveros prod PNP to protect De Lima

Minority Senators Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III and Risa Hontiveros have filed a Senate resolution (SR) directing the Philippine National Police (PNP) to guarantee the safety of former Senator Leila de Lima.

Sen. Risa Hontiveros (standing) visits former senator Leila de Lima inside the Philippine National Police's (PNP) headquarters in Camp Crame on Sunday, Oct. 9, 2022.. De Lima emerged unharmed following a foiled attempt to hold her hostage by three high-risk detainees inside the PNP's Custodial Center. (Photo: O/S Risa Hontiveros)

This, after De Lima was taken hostage during an escape attempt carried out by inmates of the custodial center in Camp Crame, Quezon City, the PNP's own headquarters.

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De Lima has been under police detention since 2017.

“It is crucially important to understand how and why a security breach happened and how Sulayao managed to have access to the quarters of former Senator De Lima in light of emerging questions being raised on the background and identities of the hostage takers,” read SR 261.

“While investigations are ongoing at the PNP Custodial Center, the safety and security of a former member of the chamber has now become a primordial concern to the Senate of the Philippines,” it said.

Aside from ensuring the safety of De Lima, it urges the PNP leadership to regularly update the Senate on security actions made on behalf of De Lima.

Hontiveros visited De Lima immediately after the hostage-taking.

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