De Lima discharged from hospital after 3-day medical furlough

Jailed opposition senator Leila de Lima has been discharged from the hospital, with her physicians ruling out a stroke during her 3-day medical furlough.

De Lima’s office said in a statement sent on Tuesday afternoon, April 27, that the senator "is now well" and left the Manila Doctor’s Hospital earlier in the morning. She was then escorted by the police back to her jail cell at Camp Crame. 

De Lima's physicians, Dr Dante Morales and Dr Errol Rhett Santelices, said the results of the senator's brain magnetic resonance imaging and computed tomography angiography tests showed “no evidence of stroke.”

De Lima, one of President Rodrigo Duterte’s fiercest critics, has been imprisoned for 4 years over what she has described as trumped-up drug charges against her. 

A Muntinlupa court earlier granted De Lima a 3-day emergency furlough to rule out stroke after she had complained of “bouts of headache and persistent generalized weakness.”

The medical team who attended to De Lima said her episodes of migraine was triggered by several factors, including hot environment, poor ventilation, and noise. They said this was associated with benign paroxysmal positional vertigo and reactive hypertension.

To avoid further complications, the medical team advised that the ventilation in De Lima’s detention quarters to be improved. If she experiences more headaches, De Lima should undergo more tests as well.

De Lima was also told to regularly have her blood pressure and sugar level checked, and avoid stress if possible.

The opposition senator is on trial for the remaining two conspiracy to commit drug charges. She was earlier acquitted of one of the 3 charges. –

Mara Cepeda

Mara Cepeda writes about politics and women’s rights for Rappler. She covers the Senate and the Office of the Vice President. Got tips? Send her an email at or shoot her a tweet @maracepeda.