Robredo: Proposal to play alleged De Lima sex video disturbing

Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 29 2016 07:25 PM

MANILA – Vice President Leni Robredo on Thursday said she finds disturbing the proposal to play the alleged sex video of Senator Leila de Lima at a House probe.

President Rodrigo Duterte’s allies, including House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II, have said they see nothing wrong with playing the alleged sex video of De Lima and her former driver, Ronnie Dayan.

They believe the sex video would help in establishing the ties of the two, amid allegations Dayan received Bilibid drug money for De Lima.

But Robredo rejected this proposal, saying she “failed to see how this will contribute to a substantial discussion of the issues being taken up.”

“As a lawyer, I believe that this act may be in violation of penal laws,” she said in a statement.

“And as a long-time advocate for human and women's rights, I am profoundly disturbed by a proposal that amounts to the public shaming of a woman and the infliction of grave harm on her dignity as a human person,” she added. 

Robredo asked House members and leaders to reconsider the plan and “keep the proceedings calm, sober, and objective.”

“It is my earnest hope that all of us in public service, including my former colleagues in the House, do our utmost to maintain a rational and respectful level of discourse, with the same passion that we zealously pursue the truth,” she said.

De Lima has repeatedly denied starring in any sex video. She also branded as political persecution efforts to link her to the illegal drug trade at the national penitentiary.