DOJ starts probe of fiscal in sex video

By Edu Punay, The Philippine Star

Posted at Feb 02 2013 09:20 AM | Updated as of Feb 02 2013 10:00 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Justice (DOJ) has started its investigation of charges against a Quezon City prosecutor, filed by his wife, over a video showing him having sex with another woman.

In a department order obtained by The STAR yesterday, DOJ Secretary Leila de Lima tasked Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Rosalina Aquino to conduct the preliminary investigation on criminal charges against Assistant City Prosecutor Philip dela Rosa.

Aquino is set to issue a subpoena requiring Dela Rosa to appear before her and submit a counter-affidavit on charges of grave coercion, grave threats and violation of Republic Act 9262, which punishes acts of violence against women and their children.

She will also handle the countercharges for violation of Republic Act 9995, the anti-photo and video voyeurism law, filed by Dela Rosa against his wife for allegedly uploading to the Internet the sex video she discovered in his laptop computer. The wife would also be summoned to answer the countercharges.

De Lima earlier confirmed that the complaints were forwarded to the DOJ on Dec. 13, 2012 after the Quezon City fiscal’s office inhibited from investigating the charges.

De Lima also said that a separate disbarment complaint was filed against Dela Rosa before the Integrated Bar of the Philippines.

“The central issue is the merit and fitness of a person to function as a public prosecutor. That means living up to the highest standards of integrity,” she said.

The video was reportedly taken when the prosecutor was still with the Public Attorney’s Office and prior to his appointment as assistant city prosecutor in October 2012.

The 36-minute video, which was posted on a pornographic website, supposedly showed Dela Rosa having sex with a woman believed to be his mistress. The video allegedly showed that the man deliberately recorded the act through his laptop camera.

The woman in the video – who was not identified by DOJ officials – is reportedly a lawyer who placed in the top 10 of the 2008 Bar exams. She has reportedly flown to Canada for a scholarship program.