‘Misogynist’: Female lawmakers hit sex video show

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TWO female lawmakers on Friday joined the growing clamor against a plan to show a “sex video” of Sen. Leila de Lima during a congressional inquiry, saying it would be misogynist, not to mention illegal.

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Diwa party-list Rep. Emmeline Aglipay-Villar, head of the House Committee on Women and Gender Equality, said the plan being pushed by Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre 2nd was “unacceptable and reprehensible.”

“We must hold ourselves to a higher standard than this … The fact that some are even considering displaying an alleged sex tape during a congressional hearing is a sign of how far we have to go when it comes to the right [to]privacy and the rights of women in this country,” she added.

Aglipay-Villar, wife of Public Works Secretary Mark Villar, said that regardless of the identities of the people in the video, its recording and subsequent release did not have the consent of those involved.

De Lima, who had been repeatedly accused by the President of getting millions of pesos in drug payoffs from prison gangs to finance her senatorial run, denies the video.

Aguirre claims to be in possession of three such videos of de Lima, a former Justice secretary, having sex with her driver-bodyguard Ronnie Dayan or other men.

Dayan’s intimate relationship with de Lima, the Cabinet official claims, explains why the driver-bodyguard was able to collect money from drug syndicates inside the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City.

Dinagat Islands Rep. Arlene Bag-ao said showing the sex video would be a blatant violation of the law.

“The first question is: Is there really a video or are we dealing with fictional propaganda meant to bring down a strong woman using misogyny masked by a false sense of morality? Let us be circumspect, cautious and sober. Let us exercise inter-parliamentary courtesy and decency,” Bag-ao said in a separate statement.

Militant human rights group Karapatan also weighed in, branding the plan to show the video an “overkill.”

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  1. For the Lawmakers who clamored to have this so-called sex video shown in public and inside the Senate is abhorrent, lacks respect, dignity, and sensitivity to the common good and decency. These gentlemen of the Senate, well-educated (so they say), dignified men, Public Servants,but more important of all is that they call themselves God-fearing and God-loving Filipinos but in contrast they are men of ill will, hypocrites, ignorants who find satisfaction in making personal attacks for personal reasons, these are Filipinos who makes decisions for the people yet they think themselves as educated, well-mannered. You are all disgusting! And by the way, I am a man who respects women especially my own kababayan!

  2. Why not?. If it shows her or any other woman/man in action and it will prove that she was not circumspect in her acts or showing off. What is there to deny. Let the record show and we will decide if she deserves to be punished or not.