VACC disowns raps vs Hontiveros

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Posted at Sep 26 2017 08:05 AM

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MANILA - The Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) clarified Tuesday that it was not behind the filing of criminal charges against Senator Risa Hontiveros. 

"Ang VACC did not function in that filing. That is an initiative of 3 brave and courageous lawyers... Hindi po namin iyan kaso," VACC founding chairman Dante Jimenez told DZMM. 

Former lawmaker Jacinto Paras and 2 fellow lawyers on Monday filed wiretapping, kidnapping and obstruction of justice cases against Hontiveros. 

The complainants have handled several cases on behalf of VACC pro bono but have not sought VACC's help in taking legal action against Hontiveros, said Jimenez. 
 
"Sila ay tumutulong sa mga kaso namin ng rape, murder, homicide. Pro bono iyan sa VACC," he said. 

The complainants alleged that Hontiveros violated the Anti-Wiretapping Law when she made public a journalist’s photograph of Aguirre’s text messages, in which the justice chief is seen saying that cases against her must be expedited. 

Hontiveros was also charged with kidnapping and obstruction of justice for taking custody of the witnesses to the killing of Caloocan teenager Kian Loyd delos Santos. 
 
DZMM, 25 September 2017