‘Hontiveros can’t be charged over Aguirre’s text messages’

MANILA, Philippines — Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon said yesterday that Sen. Risa Hontiveros cannot be charged for any crime when she came out with the text message seen on the phone of Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II recently.

Aguirre has threatened to file cases against Hontiveros, as well as the photographer who took the picture of his mobile phone and whoever was responsible for releasing the photograph.

He said that the text message on his phone was private communication and so what was done by Hontiveros was a flagrant violation of the Anti-Wiretapping Act and a violation of his right to privacy.

Drilon said that Hontiveros violated neither of the two when she delivered her privilege speech last Monday about the text message on Aguirre’s phone. 

Aside from the fact that Hontiveros’ speech is covered by parliamentary immunity, Drilon said “there was no interference or wiretapping as contemplated under RA 4200 or the Anti-Wiretapping Law.”

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