Prophecy fulfilled? VACC, ex-NegOr solon to file criminal raps vs. Hontiveros this week

Image from Senator Risa Hontiveros' Facebook account
  • VACC, ex-Negros Oriental Rep. Jing Paras to sue senator before Ombudsman this week
  • Charges to include kidnapping, inducing a minor to abandon home, and obstruction of justice
  • Senator to also be charged with wiretapping over justice secretary’s text message

MANILA, Philippines – The Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) and former Negros Oriental Rep. Jacinto “Jing” Paras are set to file criminal charges against Sen. Risa Hontiveros in connection with her custody of the minor witnesses in the Kian delos Santos slay case and expose of Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II’s text message.

In their complaint which will be forwarded to the Office of the Ombudsman this week, the petitioners alleged that Hontiveros violated the country’s Anti-Child Abuse Law (RA 7610), as well as Articles 270 and Article 271 of the Revised Penal Code when she induced the minors to abandon their home and subsequently refused to return them to their parents.

“Despite due demand, respondent Hontiveros had refused to do so in violation of Article 270 of the Revised Penal Code (kidnapping by failure to return the minors to their parents). It bears emphasis that (the father of the minors) has the right and the duty to demand that the children, especially the minor children, be restored to him, especially since he has already regained his liberty,” read the complaint.

The petitioners also accused Hontiveros of committing obstruction of justice under PD No. 1829 when she did not immediately turn the minors over to the proper authorities.

“Respondent Hontiveros and her co-conspirators then brought the Concepcion minors and their siblings to an undisclosed location and without informing the authorities of their whereabouts. Worse, the subject minors who are eyewitnesses in the Kian Loyd delos Santos slay case were not turned over either to the Department of Social Welfare and Development or to the Department of Justice for processing and inclusion in its witness protection program, among others,” the complainants said.

As for Aguirre’s text message which showed his private conversation with someone believed to be Paras, the complainants said Hontiveros was also liable for violating the country’s anti-wiretapping law.