De Lima 'revolted' by discussion of alleged sex video

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Sen. Leila De Lima said she is revolted by the discussion of her alleged sex video at the House of Representatives.

Her statement follows the testimony of former aide Jonel Sanchez at the House of Representatives on Thursday.

The House is probing the alleged connection of De Lima, the former Secretary of the Department of Justice, to the drug trade in New Bilibid Prison.

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Sanchez claimed to have seen two sex videos of De Lima and another aide, Ronnie Dayan, who is accused of collecting drug money. During the interpolation, Sanchez proceeded to graphically describe the alleged intimate relations.

De Lima said the discussion is still related to slut-shaming. "So even if hindi na nga nila itutuloy daw yung showing ng alleged sex video na yan, the fact na hinahayaan nila na merong nagkukwento tungkol diyan is equally objectionable so I really find it revolting… What is the connection of that [to the drug allegations]?" she said.

[Translation: "So even if they won't be showing that alleged sex video, the fact that they allow people to talk about it is equally objectionable, so I find it revolting… What is the connection of that (to the drug allegations)?"]

De Lima also defended her closeness to her security aides. "Lahat naman ng nagiging security ko more or less nagiging close because, siyempre, I entrust my life sa kanila. So bakit kailangan busisiin yung ganyang aspeto kung ang gusto lang nila i-prove ay posible naging bagman ko si Ronnie Dayan?"

[Translation: "I more or less become close with all my security aides because, of course, I entrust my life to them. So why do they have to probe that aspect if all they want is to prove that Ronnie Dayan was my bagman?"]

This reaction is the latest in a verbal back-and-forth between President Rodrigo Duterte and his allies and De Lima, a member of the opposition and vocal critic of the war on drugs.

House Speaker Pantaleon "Bebot" Alvarez previously stated he would approve the presentation of the supposed sex tape in the Congress as it is "material" proof to the relationship between Dayan and De Lima.

The proposal has been met with criticism, notably from women in both the Lower House and the Senate, who found the proposal misogynistic and unrelated to the drug allegations against the two.