Sunday, September 24, 2017

Hontiveros sued for wiretapping, kidnapping, and obstruction of justice before the Ombudsman

Risa Hontiveros and Rep. Jing Paras photo file (ctto)

Manila, Philippines- On Monday, former Negros Oriental Representative Jacinto “Jing” Paras and Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption filed a multiple complaint against Senator Risa Hontiveros before the Ombudsman.

Paras charged Hontiveros of wiretapping for disclosing his supposed text messages with Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II and for harboring minor witnesses related to Kian Delos Santos case’s investigation.

Previously, during her privilege speech Hontiveros showed a photo of the text exchange between Paras and Aguirre talking about their plan to sue the lady senator.

In an interview after Paras filed the case formally, he said that his action was in response to the challenge from Hontiveros.

“Since she challenged us to file a case, pinag-aralan namin,” says Paras.

Meanwhile, in an earlier statement, Aguirre cited that unauthorized prying into an exchange of private text messages and for also making it public without authorization, is a blatant violation of the Republic Act No. 4200 or the Anti-Wire Tapping Act.

"It shall be unlawful for any person, not being authorized by all the parties to any private communication or spoken word, to tap any wire or cable, or by using any other device or arrangement, to secretly overhear, intercept, or record such communication or spoken word by using a device commonly known as a dictaphone or dictagraph or detectaphone or walkie-talkie or tape recorder." - the act reads.

The kidnapping complaint rooted from Hontiveros’ previous act to take in minor witnesses to her custody when she visited the wake of Kian. Later, the parents, asked Hontiveros to return the children but the senator allegedly refused to do so.

According to reports, VACC and Paras also accused Hontiveros of obstruction of justice for hampering the probe on Kian’s case when she refused to turn over the witnesses to the authorities.

Source (s): Inquirer , Philstar