Senate resolution proposed to allow De Lima join plenary sessions via teleconferencing

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Senators Franklin Drilon and Panfilo Lacson proposed Senate Resolution No. 51 to allow Senator Leila M. De Lima to participate in Senate Plenary Sessions through teleconferencing, video conferencing, or other reliable forms of remote or electronic communications through the use of the appropriate electronic equipment and/or devices or medium of information, broadcast or telecommunications facilities or equipment.

“Senator De Lima remains entitled to enjoy her constitutional rights such as the right to be presumed innocent, as well as her full civil and political rights,” says in the resolution.

It explains that with the enactment of the Electronic Commerce Act of 2000 9 (Republic Act No. 8792) and the promulgation by the Supreme Court of the Rules on Electronic Evidence in 2001, the use of electronic communications technology in government and commercial transactions as well as in court proceedings is already an accepted practice in this jurisdiction.

It adds that arrangements may be made to allow Senator De Lima to participate in Senate Plenary Sessions through communications technology that will allow audio-visual interactions with remote audiences or co-participants through secure connections, without violating the Supreme Court ruling on the limitation of practice of profession, without compromising the security in her detention facility, and without being inconsistent with the Rules of the Senate.