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Hontiveros twits Aguirre over privacy violation: You’ve disregarded De Lima’s rights in the past

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Senator Risa Hontiveros on Wednesday has dismissed Justice Sec. Vitaliano Aguirre II’s claims on the violation of his privacy when his text message where he was allegedly caught red-handed plotting cases against her was made public by the lawmaker.

“Why is Aguirre suddenly a protector of the right to privacy when he wantonly disregarded this when he unnecessarily made public Sen. Leila de Lima’s personal life and even threatened to show her fake sex videos?” Hontiveros pointed out in a press statement.

The senator gave Aguirre a lecture as the DOJ chief even said that such could constitute wiretapping which is unlawful, saying that provisions of the said law is clear, especially on cases where there was no intent to tap or intercept his messages.

“What is prohibited is willfully and knowingly Ncommitting any acts constituting wiretapping, what happened can be simply likened to overhearing a conversation by a careless person talking loudly in public. In this case, it was a text conversation which was inadvertently caught by someone’s camera lens,” she explained.

“I find it funny that some of his defenders say that the text conversation is fake. If that is the case, how can I or the person who accidentally took the picture be liable for ‘wiretapping’ a fake text conversation?” Hontiveros asked.

Clearly, the senator said, the DOJ chief is shooting blanks.

“Pilit nagpapalusot. Sa hinaba-haba ng kanyang paliwanag, hindi nya masagot ang simpleng tanong, totoo ba o hindi ang text conversation kung saan nabisto sya na nakikipagkuntsabahan sa mga grupo para lutuin ang mga kasong isasampa laban sa oposisyon? That is the real issue here,” she said.