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Tito Sotto visits De Lima in jail and wants De Lima to hold Senate committee hearings

Tito Sotto visits De Lima in jail and wants De Lima to hold Senate committee hearings

Senate President Vicente Sotto III paid a quick visit to detained Senator Leila de Lima on Thursday, June 28, in Camp Crame.


Sotto spent 37 minutes at the Philippine National Police Custodial Center. Sotto said he and De Lima talked about her status in detention, as well as her Senate-related concerns.


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“I visited Senator De Lima to check on her condition. We also discussed the bills she is pursuing and how she can join in the hearings,” Sotto told reporters in a text message.


“[We talked about] her committee on social justice pending measures. Concerns on hearing ang reporting out of bill procedures, which I promised to look into,” he added.


Thankful


In response, De Lima thanked Sotto for visiting her and hearing her out.




"I am grateful to Senate President Sotto's visit here today in my detention quarters," De Lima said in a statement.


"We have talked about how I can actively participate in Senate hearings and in pushing for significant legislative measures that will improve the plight of our countrymen. I am looking forward and assured the Senate leadership to work with them closely in fulfilling my duties," she added.


Sotto Request


Senate President Vicente Sotto III has asked the Philippine National Police to allow detained Senator Leila de Lima to hold Senate committee hearings in her detention center at the PNP Custodial Center in Camp Crame.


Sotto formally relayed the request to PNP chief Director General Oscar Albayalde in a letter dated July 2.




“As the Senate President, I am giving Senator De Lima full authority to discharge her duties as chair of the Committee, particularly to conduct and personally preside over its hearings – similar to what had been done by Senator Antonio Trillanes IV during his detention,” Sotto said in the letter.


De Lima chairs the Senate committee on social justice, welfare, and rural development.



Sotto assured Albayalde that the chamber and its contingent would coordinate with the PNP and abide by its internal rules and regulations.


Sotto said this is to ensure that the relevant measures pending in De Lima’s committee “will be given an opportunity to be heard and be deliberated on by the Philippine Senate.”



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Source/s: Rappler | Rappler

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