Speaker Pantaleon “Bebot” Alvarez said that there’s nothing wrong with showing the alleged sex video of Senator Leila de Lima and her former driver Ronnie Dayan.
He said he would allow the House of Representatives justice committee investigating the alleged Bilibid drug trade to present the alleged sex scandal because this is one of the key evidence, but denied that it’s a form of ‘slut-shaming’ against the lady senator.
“Para sa akin, wala naman sigurong deperensiya na ipanood ‘yan para malaman ng tao kung talagang totoo ‘yan o hindi (I don’t see anything wrong if we show it to the public so the people can judge if it’s true or not),” Alvarez said.
“Ipapalabas natin hindi dahil gusto natin panoorin. I-establish lang ‘yung katotohanan kung may relasyon o wala. Kasi ang sinasabing walang relasyon, eh paano mo ipo-prove kung may relasyon o wala. Ito eh, isa itong material para magpatunayan kung may relasyon o wala,” Alvarez added.
(We are going to show it because we want to watch it. We will establish if there is any truth to claims that they are in a relationship. It has been denied before, but how do you prove it? This is the only material that can prove if they have a relationship or not.)
Kung kinakailangan dahil para ‘yun mag-uugnay kung talagang mayroong personal relationship. Kung ayaw naman ni Senator De Lima na mag-appear dito sa House of Representatives, let the public judge kung talagang tooo ‘yung sex video tape na ‘yan,” Alvarez said.
(It is to prove if she really has a personal relationship with her driver. If Senator De Lima does not want to appear at the House of Representatives, let the public judge)
Alvarez called the sex video the only material evidence to prove De Lima had a relationship with her purported lover, her former driver Ronnie Dayan, who inmates in the national penitentiary and a National Bureau of Investigation official said collected pay-offs for De Lima from the Bilibid drug trade.
Congress not prosecuting anybody
Alvarez denied that the House probe on the illegal drug trade in the Bilibid prison as a way of prosecuting de Lima, he reiterated that the investigation only intended to come up with a law to stamp out the illegal drug trade in the penitentiary.
“Itong investigation na ginagawa natin sa Kongreso, madalas ma-misinterpret na we are trying somebody, sinasabi hearsay rule. Hindi naman tayo nagpo-prosecute ng individual dito eh (Some quarters are interpreting the Congressional probe as a trial, and claiming that we are presenting hearsays. But we are not prosecuting an individual here). This is not a criminal proceeding. That’s why the hearsay rule does not apply,” Alvarez said.
“Sinasabi ko kay Chairman Umali at saka sa Committee on Justice, huwag na tayo magrekumenda ng kahit na sino na ipo-prosecute rito. Ang kailangan natin dito ay maglabas ng panukalang batas kung saan ma-a-address natin ang problema sa New Bilibid Prison (I told Chairman Umali and the Committee on Justice not to recommend charges anymore. What we need is come up with proposed legislation to address the problems at the New Bilibid Prison),” Alvarez said.