- Senate President Tito Sotto visited De Lima in jail
- The meeting lasted for 37 minutes, the detained lawmaker said
- De Lima expressed her gratitude for Sotto’s effort to check on her situation
MANILA, Philippines – Their meeting lasted for just over 30 minutes but Senator Leila De Lima is grateful after he was visited by Senate President Vicente ‘Tito’ Sotto III on Thursday, June 28.
Sotto paid De Lima a visit at the PNP Custodial Center in Camp Crame. He was the second Senate leader, after Aquilino ‘Koko’ Pimentel, to meet the senator since she was incarcerated last February 2017.
“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 in a text message to reporters. The meeting lasted for 37 minutes.
De Lima said she is grateful for Sotto’s effort. Aside from checking on her situation, he also brought her a ‘tinapa rice’ cooked by his wife, Helen Gamboa.
“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,” De Lima said in a statement.
“I am looking forward and assured the Senate leadership to work with them closely in fulfilling my duties as the Chair of the Senate Committee on Social Justice, Welfare and Rural Development as well as my mandate to the Filipino people,” she added.
The Bicolano lawmaker vowed to remain active in drafting legislative measures. So far, she has authored 22 bills and 59 resolutions, co-authored 24 bills and 4 resolutions and co-sponsored one bill, during the second regular session of Congress alone.