THE incarceration of Senator Leila De Lima will not prevent her from performing her duty as a senator of the Philippines, according to Senate President Aquilino Pimentel 3rd.
Pimentel said that even if a senator is arrested and detained, he or she can continue performing his or her duties as a lawmaker.
Pimentel admitted that he was not able to talk to De lima before the court issued the warrant of arrest against her but senators during a previous caucus have agreed to help her in making sure that she is safe and secure, and that she can continue her work.
Senator Francis Escudero said that he will continue to work with De Lima in coming up with relevant measures as well as conducting committee hearings.
De Lima chairs the Senate committee on electoral reforms and people’s participation.
“I will continue to work with her as a senator, her incarceration notwithstanding, in crafting meaningful legislation and shedding light on the crimes and shortcomings of abusive and corrupt officials in government,” Escudero said.
Senator Joseph Victor Ejercito expressed concern over De Lima’s safety.
“As a colleague, I am concerned for Sen. De Lima’s safety. We must remember she was a former Department of Justice Secretary and as such she may have stepped on many toes before,” Ejercito said.