By Elena Aben
Liberal Party president Senator Francis Pangilinan on Friday, March 3, urged Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III to return the Senate security of detained Senator Leila de Lima citing concerns for her safety.
Pangilinan made the appeal days after personnel from the Office of the Senate Seageant-at-Arms (OSAA) tasked to provide security for De Lima were pulled out from her detention facility at the Philippine National Police (PNP) custodial center.
“There should have been negotiations for the Office of the Senate Sergeant-At-Arms (OSAA) to come closer, and not be 50 meters away,” Pangilinan said.
This as the LP president reiterated their concern for the safety of De Lima while under detention at a government facility.
He cited the case of Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa, Sr. who was killed by policemen inside the Leyte sub-provincial jail in Barangay Hipusngo, Baybay City before dawn on Nov. 5 last year. Espinosa was one of the government officials linked by President Duterte to the illegal drug trade.
Pangilinan also cited the killing of South Korean businessman Jee Ick-Joo, who was kidnapped on Oct. 18 last year and was later killed inside the PNP headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City.
Pimentel told Senate reporters about the pullout of the Senate security personnel last Wednesday night saying that they were posted far from De Lima’s detention cell and were thus “useless.”