The talk of the week, De Lima’s sex tape, has finally hit the hands of the media while senators are still debating whether to show or not.
The video has been made available to us and it is passing through the necessary censorship before it is posted for our readers consumption.
Liberal Party senators in the Philippines are rallying around their embattled colleague and former justice secretary, Leila de Lima, to voice their opposition to a plan to show an alleged sex tape of her in a committee hearing.
De Lima is accused of receiving millions in payoffs from drug syndicates in prison to fund her senatorial campaign. Her former driver, bodyguard and alleged lover, Ronnie Dayan, supposedly collected drug money for her at the New Bilibid Prison.
Dayan is yet to come out and dismiss the claims despite Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II’s offer of immunity and safeguarding under the witness protection programme earlier. Aguirre claims to be in possession of three sex videos of De Lima, who has endured a public fallout with President Rodrigo Duterte.
In a bid to link de Lima to the alleged proliferation of drugs inside the national penitentiary, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said he sees no problem with playing the footage in front of a televised inquiry conducting the probe. “Well for me, it’s okay so that people will know if it’s really true or not,” he said on Wednesday (28 September). “Let’s show it if needed as it would be the link as to whether the two have a personal relationship.”