Dela Rosa visits De Lima in detention; says senator is ‘very relaxed’, refuses any help

  • PNP chief Dela Rosa visited Senator Leila De Lima in her detention cell in Camp Crame
  • Dela Rosa said detained lawmaker appears ‘very relaxed’ and did not ask for any help
  • Meanwhile, the camp of De Lima is seeking the help of the SC to stop her ‘illegal arrest’

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald ‘Bato’ Dela Rosa visited Senator Leila De Lima at her detention cell in Camp Crame on Friday night, February 24.

Dela Rosa said the detained lawmaker was ‘very relaxed’ when they met, but he still assured her of her safety and security inside the PNP Custodial Center. It was the first night De Lima spent in her cell after she was arrested over illegal drugs charges.

“Nagpaalam naman ako sa kanya. Tiningnan ko lang ang kanyang sitwasyon, kung safe ba siya doon. Ni-welcome naman niya ako,” Dela Rosa told reporters during a press briefing on Monday.

[I asked permission from her. I just check her situation, if she is safe there. She also welcomed me.]

The PNP added De Lima did not cry and even appeared ‘very relaxed’.

“‘Di naman s’ya umiiyak noong nag-usap kami doon. Relax na relax siya,” he said.

[She did not cry when we talk. She was very relaxed.]

He also offered De Lima additional security should she ask for it, and even asked the senator if the newly-painted walls bothers her since she has asthma.

But apparently, De Lima said she can live with her situation and didn’t ask for any help.

Dela Rosa also assured that there will be no special treatment for the detained lady senator, as much as there is none for former senators Ramon ‘Bong’ Revilla Jr. and Jinggoy Estrada, who are also detained in the same premises.

“Kung anong treatment sa mga kapwa niya senador, ganoon din ang treatment sa kanya,” said Dela Rosa, with whom De Lima had a verbal tussle during an early investigation on extra-judicial killings (EJK) last year at the Senate.

[She will be treated the same way her fellow detained senators are treated.]

Meanwhile, De Lima’s camp through lawyer Alex Padilla has filed an 82-page petition for certiorari and prohibition with the Supreme Court to stop the senator’s ‘illegal arrest’.