LP senators on showing of De Lima’s alleged video in House probe: It’s illegal

By , on September 29, 2016


De Lima earlier denied that she was the woman on the intimate video and noted that her detractors merely edited the video to appear like it was her in it. (Facebook photo)
De Lima earlier denied that she was the woman on the intimate video and noted that her detractors merely edited the video to appear like it was her in it. (Facebook photo)

MANILA – Liberal Party (LP) senators on Thursday vehemently opposed the proposal of presenting the alleged intimate videos of Senator Leila De Lima before congressional hearings on the alleged illegal drug trade inside the New Bilibid Prison (NBP).

“We vehemently oppose the plan of the House of Representatives to show the alleged videos as disrespectful, deplorable, and illegal,” the LP senators said in a joint statement.

“Regardless of the authenticity of the alleged videos, viewing it is disrespectful to a sitting senator, to her person, and to the office she holds, and is violative of the law,” the statement further said.

Senators Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV, Franklin Drilon, Fracis “Kiko” Pangilinan are all senators who are LP members.

The senators said a number of laws should be considered before the videos are shown including the Anti-Voyeurism Law (RA 9995) which prohibits the recording or broadcast of videos of a sexual act, among others, with or without the consent of the persons featured in the material. Such recordings are also inadmissible even in legislative hearings.

Also for consideration is the Anti Wiretapping Law (RA 4200) which prohibits and penalizes the playing of recordings of any private communication without the consent of those involved. Such recordings are also inadmissible as evidence even in legislative hearings.

They also warned of the Revised Penal Code on Crimes against Honor including slander by deed and incriminatory machinations.

De Lima’s fellow LP members meanwhile appeal to the members of House of Representatives to be more cautious of their larger roles as legislators.

Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson, although not an LP member, said that showing De Lima’s video was “highly inappropriate.”

“In the first place, while that’s a fact-finding investigation, it might lead to filing of charges,” Lacson said.

He further said that if there is no probative value because nobody can authenticate the video, there was no point in showing it.

De Lima earlier denied that she was the woman on the intimate video and noted that her detractors merely edited the video to appear like it was her in it.

  • kingfisher

    Why only now that senators Drillon, Aquino & Pangilinan stood behind the embattled Delima? All along only senator Trillanes have shared Delima’s fate fighting against the mass murderer president from the start. Where are the voices of Roxas, Pnoy, Binay, Saguisag and all human right lawyers and LP members? Are they afraid of Duterte to oppose and question his EJK, impropriety and stinking mouth not the least slandering a woman senator and calling her immoral mainly becasue she exposed Duterte’s link to Davao Death Squad? Only 3 months in office the atmosphere in the Philiipines today is more likely that of the dictator Marcos’ martial law days where most of his political opponents were silent afraid of political persecution. What about the right-minded filipinos who are all standing on the sidelines who have voiced no oppostion to their country’s turmoil created by their lunatic president? So sad……tyranny will only prosper if no right-minded citizens will stand up and oppose it because they are all coward.

    In the end, like martial law days filipinos have suffered Marcos persecution, salvaging and killings of thousand of activists because most of the filipinos did not stand up against him in the first place due to cowardice. TOO LATE.

  • kingfisher

    House Speaker Alvarez and Congressman Umali – you are a DISGRACE to the filipino taxpayers by allowing a fake sex video to be viewed of a sitting senator just for the pleasure of entertaining your sexual urges plainly not in aid of legislation. FCK OOF & RESIGN – the hall of congress is not your sexual habitation it belongs to the filipino taxpayers.