JUSTICE Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II said that Sen. Risa Hontiveros may have violated the law when she publicly showed his text message while he was attending a Senate hearing.
In a statement, Aguirre said he’s seriously mulling the filing of anti-wiretapping charges against her and the person who took the picture of his phone.
In a privilege speech, Hontiveros called for Aguirre’s resignation for allegedly plotting to file a case against her.
She showed a photograph of the screen of Aguirre’s mobile phone exchanging text messages with a “Cong. Jing” whom she identified as former Negros Oriental Representative Jacinto Paras.
Aguirre said Hontiveros’ action has violated his Constitutional right to privacy.
Citing Article III Section 3(1) and (2) of the 1987 Constitution, Aguirre said “text messages are private communications. Any unauthorized intrusion into such exchanges is illegal and betrays the Constitution.”