In a joint statement announced by the Vice-Chairman of the Liberal Party, Senate President Pro Tempore Franklin Drilon expressed the LP’s opposition to the plan of the House of Representatives to show Senator Leila De Lima’s sex scandal video in its House Inquiry.
The joint statement of the LP was prepared by Senator Drilon, Senator Francis Pangilinan, and Senator Bam Aquino.
Senator Drilon went on further to say that the plan was disrespectful, deplorable and illegal.
“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.” – Senator Franklin Drilon on LP’s joint statement.
Showing the alleged sex scandal video of Senator De Lima will be a blatant violation of several special laws including the Anti Voyeurism Law and the Anti-Wiretapping Law, and would even constitute Slander by Deed under the Revised Penal Code.
Above all, it would also constitute as a violation of Senator De Lima’s basic fundamental right to privacy as enshrined in the 1987 Constitution. It would also be violative of the prohibition on inadmissibility of illegally obtained evidence, which includes a tape-recording without the consent of all the parties involved. Such inadmissibility includes being inadmissible even in legislative hearings, such as the legislative inquiry in the House of Representatives.
“We appeal to the members of House of Representatives to be more circumspect of our larger roles as legislators: safe keepers of governance traditions and examples to our children.” – Senator Franklin Drilon on the LP joint statement.
The proposal to show the video in the Legislative inquiry of the House of Representatives hopes to prove the alleged romantic relationship between Senator De Lima and her former driver Ronnie Dayan.
Senator Grace Poe also questioned the wisdom and legality of the proposal to play the alleged sex video of Senator De Lima.