OPPOSITION Sen. Leila de Lima yesterday asked the Muntinlupa regional trial court to allow her to vote in the May 13 national and local elections.
The detained lawmaker filed an urgent motion for furlough before the Muntinlupa RTC Branch 205 under Judge Liezel Aquiatan, who is handling two of her illegal drugs charges.
De Lima asked the court to allow her to vote through “escorted detainee voting” at her voting precinct in Paranaque City. The prosecution did not object and the motion has been submitted for resolution.
Prior to the filing of the motion, De Lima wrote a letter to the Commission on Elections to request for a polling place to be set up inside Camp Crame where she is currently detained.
However, the Comelec did not grant the request as the Omnibus Election Code bars any polling place to be located “within the perimeter of or inside a military or police camp or reservation.” It said De Lima could vote through escorted voting at her registered polling place in Paranaque.
In the motion for furlough, De Lima’s camp will shoulder expenses for her transport from Camp Crame to the polling place in Paranaque.