Ethics complaint targets Tinio

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Monday, August 11, 2014


A GROUP of party-list lawmakers is planning to file an ethics complaint against ACT Teachers party-list Representative Antonio Tinio for alleged violation of the Anti-Wire Tapping Act.

Ako Bicol party-list Representative Rodel Batocabe said the Party-list Coalition Foundation in the House of Representative might spearhead the filing of an ethics complaint against Tinio for recording a supposed executive session between lawmakers and Cabinet members.

Batocabe said that contents of an executive session are prohibited to be revealed unless permitted by the House leadership.

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"Una sa lahat, yung executive session dapat po confidential 'yun at dun lang po lamang dapat sa mga nag-attend ng executive session. Anong nangyari? Ti-nape ng isang staff o empleyado. Ngayon ang tanong, ito ba ay legal? Mayroon tayong Anti-Wire Tapping Act na kung saan bawal mag tape ng isang private communication na walang pahintulot. So, may kwestyon na po sa legalidad nito," Batocabe said.

Tinio said that he will used the recordings as part of their evidence in the fourth impeachment complaint against President Benigno Aquino III filed on Monday in the House of Representatives.

Batocabe said the fourth impeachment complaint may not be consolidated to the three earlier impeachment complaints against Aquino as the last one accuses the Chief Executive of continuing the pork barrel system in the proposed budget for 2015.

"PDAF no longer exist. Our P70 million allocation before is now scattered to different line agencies of the government," said Batocabe, adding that if they want to make a request they need to ask the particular agency concerned.

For his part, AGAP party list Representative Nicanor Briones said their group is compose of 40 party-list lawmakers out of 52 who believes that the impeachment of President Aquino "is not only improper but untimely and without public support."

"Instead of draining its time, effort and resources to such futile exercise, PCFI strong leadership and membership will focus itself on enacting legislation intended to institutionalize reform and better the lives of the majority of the Filipinos," Briones said. (Sunnex)

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