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Anti-wiretapping law , Violated by Tinio?

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Several lawmakers have ganged up on ACT teachers’ party-list Representative Antonio Tinio – even threatening him with a possible ethics case and anti-wiretapping law violation charge — after he disclosed a recording of discussions of funds realigned from the outlawed pork barrel during an executive session. InterAksyon

CHED’s Licuanan, however, disputed Tinio’s claims on Tuesday. First, she said, there are no PDAF funds being handled by CHED. Instead, the agency was tasked with handling some P4.1 billion in supplemental funds under the 2014 budget, to cover scholarships of poor but deserving students, after the SC ruled the PDAF unconstitutional. InterAksyon

“Representative Tinio did not violate the wiretapping law because the hearings he recorded were conducted by public officials discussing the allocation of public funds in a public venue. The wiretapping law only pertains to a private conversation,” he said. “The claim that an executive session is akin to a private conversation is bereft of any legal basis,” Colmenares added. InterAksyon

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