De Lima's CT scan shows benign liver mass


Posted at Mar 14 2018 11:51 AM | Updated as of Mar 14 2018 03:30 PM

MANILA - Senator Leila de Lima on Wednesday welcomed the results of her CT scan which revealed that a mass in her liver "is not malignant."

"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. Hinding-hindi po ako magpapanggap na may sakit para lang makalaya, at lalo na, para magpaawa," she added.

(I will never pretend to be sick just so I can be freed from detention, more so ask for pity.)

On Monday, De Lima was allowed by the court to leave her detention facility in Camp Crame for the first time to undergo a CT Scan at the Philippine Heart Center.

The senator was detained in February 2017 for allegedly masterminding the drug trade inside the New Bilibid Prison when she was still serving as Justice Secretary.

De Lima, a critic of President Rodrigo Duterte, has denied the allegations and labeled the charges as political persecution.

Before her detention, De Lima spearheaded a congressional hearing on the extrajudicial killings allegedly committed by policemen operating under Duterte's war on drugs.

During her tenure as Commission on Human Rights chief, De Lima also probed the Davao Death Squad that was linked to then-Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.