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De Lima assures there’s nothing to worry about her health


By Hannah Torregoza

Detained Senator Leila de Lima today assured that there is nothing to worry about her health, after the Muntinlupa City Regional Trial Court granted her a one-day medical furlough.

Sen. Leila de Lima (Noel Celis/AFP | Manila Bulletin)

Sen. Leila de Lima
(Noel Celis/AFP | Manila Bulletin File Photo)

De Lima said that following a routine and periodic medical examination on February 15 at the Philippine National Police (PNP) General Hospital, her physician ordered that she immediately undergo further examination, particularly after “CT Scan (tri-phase) of the liver”  found an impression of a “liver mass.”

“As prescribed by my doctor, the said test is necessary to determine if the liver mass is benign or malignant,” she said.

The order was issued on March 6, 2018 and the medical furlough for the CT scan was set today.

“There is nothing to worry about. This is just part of a routine medical checkup to determine if I should go through an operation to avoid any complications,” she said.

De Lima had her CT scan at the Philippine Heart Center since the PNP General Hospital has no available CT scan machine to examine her liver mass. The PHC issued a certification they have an “operational” CT scan machine.

The National Kidney Institute (NKI) also submitted a certification that their CT scan “is out of order.”

De Lima is currently detained at the PNP Custodial Center over allegations she is involved in the illegal drug trade.

Despite her limited movements, the senator vowed she would fight her case and the trumped-up charges that have been filed by the Duterte administration against her.

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