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48 solons nix showing of Leila sex videos

Forty eight House members have opposed the showing of supposed sex videos of Sen. Leila M. de Lima at the resumption of the House Committee on Justice probe on alleged illegal drug activities at the New Bilibid Prisons in Muntinlupa City this week.

Dinagat Island Rep. Kaka Bag-ao, a staunch advocate of women’s rights, said more lawmakers – 35 women and 13 men – have opposed the bid of the House to show De Lima’s intimate videos.

Bag-ao’s group handed on Friday a statement to House Speaker Pantaleon D. Alvarez expressing their outright rejection of the presentation of De Lima’s sex videos and reminding him that playing them in a congressional hearing is “illegal” and is “irrelevant.”

“Our institution should protect women’s rights. We should not destroy what we already built, in fact Congress was among those that ensure the protection and promotion of women’s rights and welfare,” Bag-ao, a member of the House Committee on Justice, said.

She said they will submit their copy of statement to the House Committee on Justice, chaired by Oriental Rep. Reynaldo Umali, today. (Charissa M. Luci)