Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre is determined to file charges against Senator Risa Hontiveros for making public his text message to Congressman Jing Paras.
In the text conversation, Aguirre supposedly asked Paras to expedite the filing of case against the senator.
Aguirre said Hontiveros violated Republic Act 4200 or the Anti-Wiretapping Act, four times.
First was when the senator conspired to take a photo of his text message; second was the taking of the photo; third was when the photo was validated by experts; and fourth, when Hontiveros used it in her privilege speech.
“When you add to it, like what she did, she put the picture of my cellphone, including my text messages, and then with a PowerPoint presentation, she violated RA 4200 four times. She disrespected the Senate. While delivering this privilege speech, she was violating Republic Act 4200,” Aguirre said.
Hontiveros insisted there was no violation of Aguirre’s rights.
She said the text conversation was accidentally caught on camera.
But Aguirre said, “I am challenging her. Let her source or photographer prove that it was by mere accident. You will see, when they present that tape, whether it was only accidentally,” Aguirre said.
“Let us focus on whether she violated my right to private communication. I will not comment on anything and I will not waive anything of my rights,” Aguirre added.
Aguirre is currently preparing charges against Hontiveros, which will be filed before the Sandiganbayan next week.
He also plans to file a damage suit before the Regional Trial Court.
Hontiveros said she is ready to see Aguirre in court.