OPPOSITION to the airing of the alleged sex videos of Sen. Leila de Lima during a House probe into the Bilibid drug trade gained ground as women lawmakers launched a signature drive against the move.
As of press time yesterday, at least 30 out of 82 lady lawmakers have signed the petition urging Speaker Pantaleon “Bebot” Alvarez to reconsider his support to the showing of alleged De Lima sex videos.
“Crossed party-lines ito. Member ka man ng majority o minority it doesn’t matter. Nagkakaisa kaming lahat dito na huwag itong ipalabas,” said Dinagat Islands Rep. Arlene “Kaka” Bag-ao Bag-ao who spearheaded the signature drive along with Batanes Rep. Henedina Abad and North Cotabato Rep. Nancy Catamco.
“Basic decency and reason dictates that this kind of undertaking should not be given public gratification. It is an affront not only to women, but to any human being,” said Catamco.
The petition said:”We, the women of the House, ask the Leadership and our colleagues to hear us and join us in our call. When we want the truth and justice to prevail, let us also place decency and the dignity of women alongside them.”
Ifugao Representative Teodoro Baguilat pointed out that the clear intention of showing her alleged sex videos’ during the hearing is to humiliate De Lima.