Female Senators Oppose Below-The-Belt Attacks Against Sen. De Lima

Sen. De Lima's female colleagues at the Senate think that showing her alleged sex video is a reprehensible act.
by F. Valencia
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Amid the allegations concerning Sen. Leila de Lima's alleged connections to the illegal drug trade, some lawmakers have insisted that a sex video should be presented as "evidence" against her.

It may be recalled that President Rodrigo Duterte had claimed that De Lima had a romantic relationship with her driver, whom she also supposedly tasked to collect money from the drug lords at the New Bilibid Prison.

Lawmakers such as House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and Rep. Danilo Suarez have said that they feel that the sex video that allegedly features De Lima and her driver would prove that they had a relationship.

However, De Lima's female colleagues at the Senate think that showing the sex video is a reprehensible act.

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Sen. Grace Poe pointed out in a Philippine Daily Inquirer report that playing the alleged sex video will violate the very law that Congress has passed.

Poe cited Section 4 of Republic Act 9995 or the Anti-Photo and Video Voyeurism Act of 2009, which she said "expressly prohibits and declares unlawful the showing of photo or video coverage or recordings of such sexual act or any similar activity through VCD/DVD, Internet, cellular phones, and other similar means or device."

Thus, Poe stated, "It will serve no legal and practical purpose as the law makes such unlawful act of showing inadmissible in evidence in any judicial, quasi-judicial, legislative or administrative hearing or investigation."
 
Sen. Risa Hontiveros echoed Poe's sentiments in a text message. "It is terrible. I don’t see how the showing of fake sex videos will promote the interest of truth and justice," she wrote.

Hontiveros added, "This is no different from the abuse suffered by women who are being blackmailed by former husbands or partners who threaten to post their alleged sex videos on social media in order to shame them."

For her part, Sen. Nancy Binay also observed that the attacks against De Lima are already "below the belt." A GMA News Online report quoted her as saying in Filipino, "When you think about it, we have no business meddling in her love life."

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