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Ethics case? Aguirre running to a dead end, says Hontiveros

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Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II is running to a dead end, Sen. Risa Hontiveros on Wednesday said in reaction to the Cabinet official’s threat to file an ethics as well as civil and criminal complaints against her.

“Aguirre is desperately resorting to squid tactics rather than answering the accusations squarely lodged against him,” she said.

Hontiveros accused the DOJ chief of plotting to file cases against her using a sproof Aguirre’s own text message which was inadvertently captured when he was photographed inside the Senate plenary hall while attending the inquiry on the Kian Loyd delos Santos slay case.

Aguirre claimed his right to privacy was violated and accused Hontiveros of possibly committing a violation in the Anti-Wiretapping Law.

“Let me respectfully enlighten the Justice secretary, there is no violation of his privacy. The shameful and deceitful text conversation was simply inadvertently caught by someone’s camera lens,” she said.

“Thus, there was no intent to tap or intercept his messages. There was no reasonable expectation of privacy. The law is clear. What is prohibited is wilfully and knowingly committing any acts constituting wiretapping,” Hontiveros explained.

But if Aguirre is bent on filing cases against her, the senator urged him to proceed with his threat.

“Go ahead. See you in court, Mr. Aguirre,” Hontiveros said.