Aguirre threatens to play De Lima 'sex videos'

Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 27 2016 04:05 PM | Updated as of Sep 27 2016 05:20 PM

 Senator Leila de Lima and Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II

(UPDATE) MANILA – Three alleged sex videos of Senator Leila de Lima and her former driver, Ronnie Dayan, may be used to establish her supposed participation in the Bilibid drug network, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II said Tuesday. 

Aguirre claimed that the clips will establish the senator’s illicit affair with Dayan, and why the driver was allegedly able to extract drug-tainted money from convicted crime lords when De Lima was still Justice secretary. 

Once proper charges are filed against De Lima, Aguirre said the Department of Justice (DOJ) may present the sex videos if she continues to deny her affair with Dayan. 

“Kung hindi niya i-a-admit [If she will not admit] during the trial ‘yung kanilang relationship [their relationship], then we’ll be forced to play (the video),” he warned. 

“Malaki ang significance. Mag-e-explain iyun [It is significant. It will explain] why Ronnie Dayan was powerful, why Ronnie Dayan was able to extract money from drug lords… Because an ordinary driver cannot do it,” he added. 

But De Lima cried foul and warned that Aguirre's planned move is against the law, if ever such video exists. 

"Alam niyang labag sa batas yan kung meron mang ganyang video. Please, stop. Pwede ba, tigilan niyo na talaga ako. What satisfaction are you getting from all this? This is so, so vile, this is so, so foul," said De Lima.

"Ayaw ko pong patulan yung mga ganyan. Gracious! Are they going to go to such extent? Ano bang napapala nila sa mga ganyan?" she added. 

President Rodrigo Duterte himself has repeatedly claimed that Dayan was De Lima’s alleged link to convicted drug lords who allegedly funded her 2016 senatorial bid. 

Witnesses at a congressional inquiry into the irregularities inside the drug-swamped prison also tagged Dayan as De Lima’s bagman. Former Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) Deputy Director Rafael Ragos testified that he delivered millions of pesos from Bilibid to De Lima's residence, where Dayan allegedly received the money. 

ALL-OUT TRIAL 

Aguirre also emphasized that the government can use all its resources to investigate and hold accountable any citizen or public official suspected of wrongdoing. 

As an example, Aguirre cited the case of his former client, Hubert Webb, who stood trial for the Vizconde massacre case. 

He said the DOJ, National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the national police worked together to pin down Webb for the deaths of Estrellita, Carmela and Jennifer Vizconde in 1991.

But the Supreme Court acquitted Webb and other co-accused in 2010.

Aguirre also addressed De Lima’s statement likening the “fake” evidence against her to his supposed wig. He said the lawmaker is resorting to desperate tactics because she cannot defend herself squarely.

De Lima, for her part, has said she did not have a "sex video," adding all the allegations against her were fabricated by the administration in retaliation to her criticism of the President's anti-drug policies.