Hontiveros admires De Lima’s braveness amid the hostage-taking incident

Hontiveros admires De Lima’s braveness amid the hostage-taking incident

By Liza Soriano

MANILA — Senator Risa Hontiveros complimented the braveness of former senator Leila De Lima after the hostage-taking happened on Sunday, noting that De Lima was able to immediately write her statement just moments after the horrible incident.

Hontiveros was among those who visited the detained former senator right after the hostage-taking incident.

“Grabe talaga si Sen Leila sa kabila ng grabeng nangyari sa kanya, pagdating ko sa kanya sa PNP custodial center nasa gitna na siya ng pagsusulat ng kanyang salaysay, sabi niya habang sariwa pa ang traumatic na karanasang iyon ay kinommit na nya sa papel, sa dokumento,” Hontiveros said.

The senator shared that while De Lima was held hostage by three detainees, she was blindfolded and pushed then tied to a chair.

“Bumilib talaga ako sa katatagan ng loob ni Sen Leila, sinusubukan niyang pagpagin ito, tumatawa siya kasama ko, pero alam mo itong lahat na kahit na ipaliwanag ng PNP ang nangyari sa kakulangan o kamalian sa seguridad sa kanya,” she said.

The senator also questioned the security in the headquarters after the three armed detainees were able to go to De Lima’s cell.

“Paanong ang armadong detainee ganoong kadali na lang magkaroon ng access sa kanyang selda na napakalalim sa loob ng PNP national headquarters?”

“Ang hirap nga makadalaw ng bisita eh bakit itong tao na ito nakarating sa kanya? Ano bang mga lapses in security ang dapat ma-address? At higit sa lahat nga, sino ang responsable? Deplorable talaga ang breach of duty na ito,” dagdag pa niya.

(ai/mtvn)

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