De Lima’s Book in Jail
Gomburza group and other groups have concluded a month’s encampment before
the Supreme Court. At the same time, they also launched a book about the life
of Sen. Leila de Lima.
De Lima: One year of living and making due in prison
A year on, President Rodrigo Duterte’s fiercest critic has learned to live the life she said she does not deserve – with the help of her family, friends, and cats
It was a humid Sunday afternoon just like in ordinary jails.
Be that as it may, not at all like in others, only a couple of steps from security work force sat a gathering of moderately aged cousins giggling and thinking back as though they were in a family get-together. Close them, inside a little holding room ventilated by two fans, Senator Leila de Lima connected with her guests and different relatives.
For as far back as 52 weeks, Senator Leila de Lima has spent her Sundays in that prison with family, companions, and different supporters, observing Mass and eating in what they flippantly allude to as “Parokya ni Leila.” It’s a short break from most days when the sum total of what she has are her books and her cherished felines.
From being a compulsive worker, the representative was for all intents and purposes compelled to back off in the wake of being imprisoned for charged inclusion in illicit medications. A year on, President Rodrigo Duterte’s fiercest faultfinder has figured out how to carry on with the life she said she doesn’t merit.
It was a moist Sunday evening simply like in standard correctional facilites.
In any case, not at all like in others, only a couple of steps from security work force sat a gathering of moderately aged cousins giggling and thinking back as though they were in a family get-together. Close them, inside a little holding room ventilated by two fans, Senator Leila de Lima drew in with her guests and different relatives.
For as long as 52 weeks, Senator Leila de Lima has spent her Sundays in that correctional facility with family, companions, and different supporters, observing Mass and eating in what they tongue in cheek allude to as “Parokya ni Leila.” It’s a concise relief from most days when the sum total of what she has are her books and her adored felines.
From being an obsessive worker, the representative was for all intents and purposes compelled to back off in the wake of being imprisoned for charged association in illicit medications. A year on, President Rodrigo Duterte’s fiercest pundit has figured out how to carry on with the life she said she doesn’t merit.
In her little cell, she has a solitary bed, a stand fan, a couple of bits of monobloc seats, 6 little plastic boxes for her garments, a full-length reflect, a 5-layer bookshelf, a modest foldable side table, a work area loaded with records and books, scarcely giving her space to move, and a couple of more boxes of books.
She has a microwave, as well – so far the main electronic apparatus she’s permitted. She had asked for that, as her staff brings her home-cooked sustenance day by day for wellbeing reasons.
The representative has a little fridge, which her staff loads with locally acquired ice day by day.
In a modest washroom, a can bowl, a bucket of water, and a scoop are the main prominent apparatuses.
“You don’t know how it feels to be dishonestly denounced. Regardless of whether the guidelines here are getting stricter and stricter, I still, some of the time, feel honored. My stay here influenced me to consider different detainees who are erroneously charged however are in cramped penitentiaries for quite a long time,” De Lima said.
Inquired as to whether she knows the extravagances her different neighbors appreciate, De Lima said she has heard in regards to them. In any case, for her, there’s no utilization being unpleasant or crying foul over them.
“Nothing, let it be. I’m not the sort to think about. It’s a piece of reality that these folks are political partners of the President. They may be PDP-Laban as of now or soon will be. Approve lang, gano’n talaga (It’s fine. That is exactly how it is),” she said.
Routine of the new ‘feline woman’
She typically begins her day in the vicinity of 5 and 5:30 am by asking and perusing the Gospel. De Lima said she has now turned into a “genuine” Bible peruser.
From that point onward, she sets aside the opportunity to encourage her new pals – stray felines that have turned into her family. Her staff even brings angle for her felines, together with the congressperson’s every day suppers.
“I used to truly despise felines in light of the fact that my pooches abhor them. Be that as it may, now I cherish them,” she said.
She at present has 9 felines, with a couple of months-old cat named “Grain” as the most up to date expansion. Grain, she stated, lays down with her in her cell and some of the time on her bed.
It was given to her one night in December 2017, after police in the Custodial Center protected the relinquished cat stuck in a post.
Loved Game of Thrones character
It was named after the representative’s most loved Game of Thrones character Bran Stark, who strangely, survived a tumble from a high pinnacle.
In the wake of taking care of her felines, she begins cleaning her confinement cell, including the little court outside.
“‘Yan na rin ang practice ko rito (That additionally fills in as my activity here).”
After this, she continues perusing daily papers, work archives, and books.
She takes her break in the vicinity of 11 and 11:30 am, before again coming back to perusing. By 1 pm, she takes her lunch.
She at that point spends the following couple of hours meeting with her staff as she tries to keep satisfying her order. Around 3 to 5 pm, she invests energy with guests, if there are any, at the holding room.
By 5 pm, when guests are made to leave, she has returned to having just stray felines as allies. It is the time when reality hits her the most.
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She has her no-rice supper by 8 pm. The representative, as most ladies, was sufficiently sincere to concede there are times she neglects to stick to it. On the off chance that the nourishment tastes better with rice, she stated, she yields to the “enticement”.
“I tell the young men here [the security] not to leave any more rice so I won’t be enticed. Yet, perhaps in light of the fact that they feel sorry for that I will eat such delightful sustenance without rice, they abandon some for me,” the congressperson said.
With her eating regimen and exercise, De Lima said she feels “fit” aside from her sugar level, which she stated, must be consistently checked. All things considered, she has a specialist sibling who could take care of her. The Custodial Center additionally has therapeutic staff.
Old and new propensities
Beside her freshly discovered love for felines, De Lima has likewise built up an enjoying for planting.
Everything began when her partner Senator Francis Pangilinan sent her herbs. She said she presently has no less than 10 pots planted with sili, mint, oregano, basil, and tomato.
Her two new interests, be that as it may, still can’t seem to cooperate, as De Lima said a few plants have kicked the bucket since her felines pee on them.
“Nilagyan na namin ng parang harang, paano iniihian ng mga pusa ko,” De Lima said. (We as of now put a hindrance on the grounds that my felines pee on the plants.)
She is likewise enthusiastic about taking a stab at painting, despite the fact that she conceded she has no aesthetic bone in her body. She tongue in cheek reviewed how her staff requesting that her draw a feathered creature (pipit) for her forthcoming book containing a portion of her dispatches.
“Binigyan nila ako ng outline, ginaya ko lang doon. Puwede naman ‘yung itsura (They gave me a draw to take after. I figure it would work),” De Lima said.
Misses in time
In spite of all these, the representative said she misses her old routine outside. Above all else, she said she misses the time when she could cook and go to the market once more. At a certain point amid her first year in the Senate, she sent her claim to fame laing to journalists.
“I likewise miss setting off to Our Lady of Manaoag. I go there thrice a month. I miss driving since it unwinds me, likewise down to earth shooting, watching motion pictures, tuning in to music, and moving,” De Lima said.
In any case, until further notice, De Lima must choose the option to continue missing her life outside. She herself has figured out how to live with her present destiny.
Furthermore, with the happening to her second year in prison, she said she just has would like to stick to.
“It’s simply trust. Reasonably, it appears to be very remote. Nothing not as much as a supernatural occurrence would free me.”