Lagman: Alleged sex video only meant to shame De Lima

RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 04 2016 03:43 PM

Senator Leila de Lima is seen during a press conference held at the Senate in Pasay City, Metro Manila on 28 September 2016. Voltaire Domingo, NPPA Images

MANILA - Senator Leila de Lima's allies in the Lower House slammed even the mere possibility of showing her alleged sex video in the House probe on illegal drugs inside the state penitentiary.

This, even after Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II said the department no longer intends to present the supposed sex video when the panel resumes its hearing later this week.

Albay Representative Edcel Lagman welcomed Aguirre's announcement.

"That’s a good development. What is really bad is the intention. It's simply a shame campaign against Senator De Lima. It’s not even blackmail because Senator De Lima is beyond blackmail. The persecutors have pulled the trigger a thousand times," Lagman said.

President Rodrigo Duterte’s allies believed that the sex video would establish the ties between De Lima and her former driver and alleged lover, Ronnie Palisoc Dayan.

Dayan allegedly received Bilibid drug money for De Lima.

The allegation that De Lima allowed the drug trade at the national penitentiary to flourish is now the subject of a House investigation.

But Lagman urged the government to prove its case against De Lima through other means, saying the sex video is irrelevant in establishing De Lima's complicity.

"Let him prove it through other evidence, through other means rather than a sex video."

“While you watch a sex video most probably in the comfort of your room, there’s nothing wrong about that. Parang nanuod ka lang ng X-rated. But when you show that in a public hearing, you’ll transgress several don’ts in our society and several legal proscriptions,” he said.

“There’s no showing that the video is authentic and the persons there are identifiable. What’s the relationship between the sex video and the illicit drug trade in the NBP, it is completely not connected. Most probably, it will be shown only to shame a particular party. It has no justiciable significance."