De Lima to join in the plenary session via teleconferencing, but not allowed to vote - Lacson

Senator Leila De Lima photo from Manila Bulletin (ctto)

Manila, Philippines - A resolution has been filed by Senators Frank Drilon and Ping Lacson allowing detained Senator Leila de Lima to join in plenary sessions through teleconferencing.
In Resolution 51, Drilon and Lacson said de Lima “has the mandate to participate in the lawmaking process and her absence unduly deprives 14 million Filipinos who voted for her.”

They made an example of the case of the former Senator Antonio Trillanes, who was still in detention in 2010 due to charges of rebellion, who was allowed to participate in the Senate through electronic means while in his cell.
In an interview with DWIZ radio, Lacson said de Lima would be allowed to participate in the deliberations but she would not take part in the voting.

“Bago ako nag-co-author, tinake up ko kay SP (Senate President Tito Sotto), sabi nya sinuswelduhan sya ng gobyerno so marapat na pasalihin siya,” Lacson said

“Nanghihinayang ako na meron pala kami equipment para diyan (teleconferencing), idle lang sayang naman. Panahon noon ni Senator (Juan Ponce) Enrile ginamit kay Senator Trillanes. Of course kung papayagan siya ng PNP (Philippine National Police) pero wala naman akong nakikitang problema, kasi wala naman problema sa security, magse-set-up lang ng facilities,” Lacson said.

However, the opposition lawmaker,  would still not be able to vote, as Senate rules require the physical presence of members.

The detained senator is the chair of the committee on social justice, welfare, and rural development. She has been detained for nearly three years on charges of illegal drugs.

Source: Politiko

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