Baguilat slams below-the-belt attacks of Du30 and admin against De Lima

Baguilat slams below-the-belt attacks of Du30 and admin against De Lima

- Ifugao Representative Teddy Baguilat released a press statement condemning the planned showing of the House majority of the alleged sex video of De Lima

- He said that the hearing is in aid of legislation regarding the drug proliferation in prisons which is non-related to a sex video

- Showing such video, which was not even proven authentic, will violate the Constitutional rights of the senator, which ironically Congress must protect

Baguilat slams below-the-belt attacks of Du30 and admin against De Lima

Rep. Teddy Baguilat (Photo credit: Baguilat FB)

Simply non-related! Ifugao Representative Teddy Baguilat highly condemns the planned “showing” of the House majority of the alleged sex video involving Sen. Leila De Lima during the hearing that would look into the alleged drug problem at Bilibid.

The hearing would be in aid of legislation, and according to Baguilat, the possible showing of the alleged sex video is not in any way related to drugs. This action therefore has no “legislative end,” which would deviate from the main purpose why such hearings are conducted.

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The primary purpose of hearings in aid of legislation is to achieve a “specific” purpose, one that will help solons in crafting laws that would either prevent the re-occurrence of something which was overlooked by Congress in a law, or one that would help them create better laws concerning the subject matter of the hearing.

Since the hearing is about “drugs,” there is no reasonable connection between the alleged sex video of Sen. De Lima and the subject matter being taken up in the hearing.

Baguilat slams below-the-belt attacks of Du30 and admin against De Lima

Speaker Alvarez (Photo credit: rappler.com)

According to Baguilat, if indeed such an attempt would come into fruition, then Congress would have committed a huge blunder.

While the first consideration was that the video was not in any way related to drugs, the second consideration was that there was no proof of the video being authentic.

The Ifugao representative said that the apparent purpose why the House Majority insists on showing the alleged sex video during the hearing is nothing more than to humiliate the lady senator, who amid the attacks of the government remained steadfast and strong.

Baguilat slams below-the-belt attacks of Du30 and admin against De Lima

Sen. Leila De Lima (Photo credit: inquirer.net)

Being a vanguard of what is just and fair when it comes to conducting these hearings that are geared to serving a governmental purpose, Baguilat said that as congressmen, they owe it to their constituents to uphold the highest standards of behavior when conducting such hearings.

Baguilat emphasized on being bounded by certain guidelines that would dictate the behavior of congressmen during such hearings. Decorum and decency are among the primary standards. The act of showing such a video will be violative of the standards expected from congressmen.

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The Congress hearing is not the proper venue for trying the alleged connections of Sen. De Lima to drug lords. He reiterated and stood pat that it is the courts where such things should be taken up.

He also said that if the present administration is convinced and certain that the lady senator is involved in drugs, they should file the proper charges in courts.

Baguilat also urged women activist groups to speak out in condemnation of a clear violation of a right and of the Constitution.

Showing this alleged video would make the hearing a mere spectacle, a waste of people’s money, all of which will only serve the vile interests of a few.

Rep. Baguilat reiterated that if Duterte and the administration would like to hang the senator and prove that she is indeed tied to the drug dealings in prison, then the matter must be settled in courts.

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