ACT, Tinio liable for wiretapping?

Posted at 08/11/14 9:04 PM

MANILA - ACT party-list Rep. Antonio Tinio and his group can be charged for violating the Anti-Wiretapping Law, a fellow lawmaker said Monday.

A new impeachment complaint signed by 16 complainants led by Tinio accuses President Aquino of betrayal of public trust and culpable violation of the Constitution for allowing the "continued existence of the illegal congressional pork."

The group used taped conversation at an executive meeting of government officials as evidence in the complaint against Aquino.

AKO-Bicol party-list Rep. Rodel Batocabe said recording the executive session conversation between Health Undersecretary Janette Garin and Commission on Higher Education Chairperson Patricia Lucuanan clearly violates Republic Act 4200, or the Anti-Wiretapping Law.

Batocabe, who is a lawyer, said a conversation, especially from an executive session, cannot be recorded without permission from the people involved.

He added that because of the anti-wiretapping law, the supposed conversation cannot be used in any legislative or administrative hearing.

Batocabe said the House employee who recorded the conversation can be held liable for disciplinary action or face a complaint at the House ethics committee.

He said the meeting between Licuanan and lawmakers' chiefs of staff was not illegal and they only discussed scholarship programs.

Batocabe urged Tinio's group to spare the youth who want to study, adding that others also respect activists' protest actions on the streets. - report from Jon Ibanez, dzMM