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Senator Leila de Lima on Friday assured her critics that there is "nothing to worry about" as she prepares to leave for official visits abroad.

In a statement, De Lima, who is the subject of a lookout bulletin issued by the Department of Justice (DOJ), said she is set to receive an award in the United States, and to speak at the Annual Conference on Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin, Germany.

She will abroad from December 11 to 22.
A lookout bulletin directs all immigration officers to closely coordinate with the DOJ and National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and inform them of any attempt by the subjects to leave the country by forwarding details of their flight, itineraries and/or whereabouts.

De Lima said both visits are "very important" to her as she will speak before "influential world leaders and global thinkers on raising awareness and support for human rights, an advocacy I am passionate about."

De Lima was chair of the Commission on Human Rights and secretary of the DOJ before she was elected senator in the May 2016 elections.

"This is a great opportunity to meet leaders from various fields from around the world and learn from their respective government's initiatives and challenges about cultural diplomacy," she said.

"There is, however, nothing to worry about as I will surely return, along with my staff who will be with me during these foreign visits. I hope my brief absence would provide a welcome relief and respite to my detractors and critics. I will keep them in mind though," De Lima added.

De Lima is the subject of complaints filed by the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption, former National Bureau of Investigation directors Reynaldo Esmeralda and Ruel Lasala, and convicted kidnapper Jaybee Sebastian.
Last week, she snubbed the preliminary hearing of the DOJ in relation to the complaints filed against her over her alleged involvement in the illegal drug trade.

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