Hontiveros faces criminal complaints

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Senator Risa Hontiveros

MANILA, Philippines — Among the complaints filed by the laywers of the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) against Senator Risa Hontiveros are 3 counts of violation of the RA-4200 or the Anti-Wire Tapping Law.

Former congressman, Jacinto “Jing” Paras said the complaints stemmed from the lady senator’s gathering of Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre’s private text messages with an unidentified individual during a Senate hearing on the killing of 17-year old Kian delos Santos.

Paras explained, the act of making public any private text message and spreading its copies is illegal.

“Although she argues that she took it by accident, but she still used it. She should have thrown it,” Atty. Paras said.

The VACC also filed obstruction of justice complaint against Hontiveros for her alleged refusal to turn over to the Department of Justice (DOJ) a witness to the killing of Kian delos Santos during an anti-drug operation by the Caloocan police.

She is also facing kidnapping charges for her supposed refusal to return the minor witnesses to their parents, and for discouraging the teenagers to go back to their  family for a while.

The VACC lawyer reasoned that these are all violations of Articles 270 and 271 of the Revised Penal Code and Republic Act 7610.

“The purpose of that turn-over to the PAO and to the NBI or the DOJ was for the expeditious resolution of the case against Kian Loyd delos Santos,” Atty. Paras said.

Hontiveros, on the other hand, believes the filing of complaints against her before the ombudsman is a way to divert the public’s attention from the text messages she divulged which she said is about the evil plans against her.

The lady Senator further said it only proves that it was Paras whom Secretary Aguirre was talking to in the said text message.

Despite all the complaints, Hontiveros said she will continue to fight against corruption and calls on Secretary Aguirre to resign from his post. – Rey Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue

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