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De Lima liver mass found not malignant; she vows to fight


By Hannah Torregoza

Detained Senator Leila de Lima on Wednesday happily announced that the “liver mass” detected from her last medical check-up is not malignant.

Senator Leila De Lima at her press conference at Senate on Tuesday, February 23, 2017 (Ali Vicoy) | Manila Bulletin

Senator Leila De Lima (Ali Vicoy/ Manila Bulletin)

“I have received the results of my CT scan and am very grateful that the impression of a “liver mass” detected from my check-up last February 15 is not malignant,” de Lima said in a statement.

“This means that there is no need for an operation,” the senator said.

The Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court Judge Amelia Fabros-Corpuz earlier granted the “very urgent motion for medical furlough” de Lima’s camp filed last February 22.

De Lima underwent CT scan at the Philippine Heart Center (PHC) after the Philippine National Police (PNP) General Hospital said it has no available CT scan machine to further examine a mass that was detected in her liver.

The senator, a critic of President Rodrigo Duterte, is currently detained at the PNP Custodial Center over drug charges. She has vehemently denied allegations she is involved in illegal drugs.

With the favorable medical result, de Lima vowed to continue her fight against the Duterte administration.

“I thank God for this blessing, and my family, friends and supporters for their prayers and concern. I thank Fr. Robert Reyes for joining us at the Philippine Heart Center. As I said, there is nothing to worry about,” she said.

“Tuloy-tuloy po ang aking paglaban, hindi lang sa aking paglaya, kundi sa paglaya ng bayan mula sa kasinungalingan, panlilinlang at pag-abuso sa kapangyarihan ng rehimeng ito. Mananatili po akong naninindigan para sa katotohanan, katarungan at kapakanan ng ating mga mamamayan (My fight continues, not only for my freedom, but for the freedom of the nation from lies, deception and abuse committed by this regime. I will continue to stand for truth, justice and the welfare of our people),” she reiterated.

De Lima said she would never pretend to be ill just to acquire her freedom.

“Nananatili po akong nakatutok sa pagtupad ng aking tungkulin bilang Senador, habang hinaharap ang mga imbentong kaso laban sa akin ng mapaniil na rehimeng Duterte. Hinding-hindi po ako magpapanggap na may sakit para lang makalaya, at lalo na, para magpaawa. Huwag po kayong maawa sa akin. Maawa po kayo sa bayan (I will continue to focus on my job as a senator, while facing these cases invented against me by this oppressive Duterte regime. I will not pretend to be sick just to gain freedom and most especially, to gain sympathy. Don’t pity me. Take pity on the nation),” the lawmaker said.

And now that the Department of Justice (DOJ) has exonerated high-profile drug lords Peter Lim and Kerwin Espinosa and other drug personalities, de Lima said this bolstered her belief that the Duterte administration’s war on drugs was fake and a failure.

“Ngayon nga pong inabswelto ng DOJ sina Peter Lim, Kerwin Espinosa, Peter Co at iba pang sangkot sa ilegal na droga, lalong napapagtibay ang aking pagiging inosente, at ang aking paniniwala sa simula’t sapul na peke at palpak ang War on Drugs ni Duterte (Now that the DOJ has dismissed the cases against Peter Lim, Kerwin Espinosa, Peter Co and the others involved in illegal drugs, it bolstered my case that I am innocent of the charges and my belief that from the very start Duterte’s war on drugs is fake and sloppy),” she said.

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