DETAINED SENATOR Leila M. de Lima is now recovering after undergoing a major surgery at the Manila Doctors Hospital last week. 

In a handwritten statement posted on her Twitter account on Monday, Ms. De Lima said she was discharged from hospital on Sunday and feel generally fine” despite still experiencing some pains.”   

The senator was granted by the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court a five-day medical furlough after being diagnosed with a stage 3 pelvic organ prolapse.  

Ms. De Lima, who has been locked up at the Philippine National Police Custodial Center since 2017, is on trial for allegedly allowing the illegal drug trade in the countrys jails when she was still Justice secretary.       

At least four key witnesses have retracted their allegations relating to her supposed crime. One of three cases against her have been dismissed. Alyssa Nicole O. Tan