WATCH: De Lima claims PNP is snooping on her phone calls. Find out Bato’s reply
Senator Leila de Lima asked Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa if her cellphones were being wiretapped because of her supposed connections in the illegal drug trade.
“May mga nagsabi na sa akin matagal nang na tapped ang aking mga cellphones,” de Lima said during the Senate hearing on a legislative proposal authorizing the wiretapping of communications of suspected drug pushers Thursday. “What legitimate purpose is being served kung ganun? Terrorist po ba ako o dahil ‘yung sinasabi nang iba na coddler ako?” de Lima asked Dela Rosa. ‘Yun ba ang purpose kung bakit ti-nap ang cellphones ko ngayon? Huwag na tayo maglokohan,” she added.
Dela Rosa said de Lima was not alone in her paranoia. “I have also suspected that my cell phone is being tapped,’ Dela Rosa said in jest. But de Lima was not laughing. “Assuming, Director General De la Rosa, assuming totoo po rin yan, na naka-tap din ang inyong cellphone, sino ho kaya ang gagawa nun?”
The PNP chief replied, “Your honor , we have no control over the technology. Meron tayong mga foreigners na may technology na ganun, at wala tayong control sa kanila.? “They can monitor our conversation from far away place. Yun ang problema natin,” he added.
De Lima said that she supports the amendments of the Anti-Wiretapping Act but there should be a balance, especially in ensuring that an individual’s right to privacy is respected. “[Kapag] naakalimutan natin respetuhin ang karapatan especially the rights of privacy, wala nang legitimate purpose kung hindi tama,” de Lima said.