Senate eyes amendments to Anti-Wiretapping Law

Amendments to the present anti-wiretapping law were proposed in a Senate hearing on illegal drugs. According to Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs Chairman Senator Panfilo Lacson, the coverage of the law should be extended to include illegal drugs, plunder and other crimes and must take into consideration the modernization of technology.

Amendments to the present anti-wiretapping law were proposed in a Senate hearing on illegal drugs. According to Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs Chairman Senator Panfilo Lacson, the coverage of the law should be extended to include illegal drugs, plunder and other crimes and must take into consideration the modernization of technology.

Senator Leila De Lima, on the other hand, agreed to the recommendation to update the law, saying that a balance between strengthening law enforcement capabilities and respecting the citizenry’s right to privacy should be upheld.

Meanwhile, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre narrated how contrabands, including cell phones, are still smuggled into the New Bilibid Prison. “We know for a fact that these cellphones are used by these high-profile inmates in order to transact illegal drugs throughout the Philippines,” Aguirre said. This, he argued, is the reason why wiretapping should be allowed in some cases.

Also discussed in the hearing were bills authored by Senators Sonny Angara, Gringo Honasan, Grace Poe, and Ping Lacson which seek to amend the law.

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