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Sep 29, 2016
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At a press conference on Wednesday, September 28, minority floor leader Rep. Danilo Suarez and several others were asked for his reaction to the proposed showing of an alleged sex video of Senator Leila de Lima and her driver.

It may be recalled that President Rodrigo Duterte had alleged that De Lima's driver was the one who collected money from the drug lords at the New Bilibid Prison.

"House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez has argued that the showing of the alleged sex video would establish the two adults' relationship that would ultimately link the former justice secretary to the alleged drug trade at the national penitentiary," reports the Inquirer.

Suarez, who is identified as a Duterte ally, said he would personally ask Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II "to think twice about showing it at a congressional hearing."

For his part, Buhay party-list Rep. Lito Atienza, said, "I think we all share the same conviction. That video should not be shown."

Atienza even jokingly added, "You're lucky if you haven’t seen it. It's scary. President Duterte's reaction is right. You will lose your appetite. The performers were ugly."

The report noted that "the room burst into laughter" at Atienza's musings.

As if encouraged by the laughter, Suarez, who claimed to have seen the alleged sex video, offered his review: "The partner was good."

At this point, a female reporter asked, "On phallic domination, do we really need to show a sex video of Senator De Lima who is a woman just to show her relationship with her driver? Isn't that a form of slut shaming?"

The congressmen were said to have gone silent for a moment. Then, Suarez said, "Meron bang ganun (Is there such a thing)?"

Despite the exchange of statements that may easily be labeled as "misogynistic," Kabayan party-list Rep. Harry Roque said he thinks it's just "incidental that a female politician has become the center of the controversy."

Then again, it's immaterial whether one likes or hates De Lima. The fact is that showing a sex video during a hearing may be illegal.

In another Inquirer report, Sen. Grace Poe pointed out that the playing of alleged sex video will violate the very law that Congress has passed.

Poe cited Section 4 of Republic Act 9995 or the Anti-Photo and Video Voyeurism Act of 2009, which she said "expressly prohibits and declares unlawful the showing of photo or video coverage or recordings of such sexual act or any similar activity through VCD/DVD, internet, cellular phones and other similar means or device."

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She explained, "It will serve no legal and practical purpose as the law makes such unlawful act of showing inadmissible in evidence in any judicial, quasi-judicial, legislative or administrative hearing or investigation."

Sen. Risa Hontiveros likewise weighed in via a text message. She observed, "It is terrible. I don't see how the showing of fake sex videos will promote the interest of truth and justice."

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