Sotto 'unaffected' by online critics, says daughter

Posted at 10/04/2012 11:18 PM | Updated as of 10/05/2012 12:26 AM

MANILA, Philippines -- Sen. Vicente "Tito" Sotto III remains unfazed amid the barrage of criticisms hurled at him over his part in the controversial anti-cybercrime law, his daughter said.

Ciara Sotto and Sen. Tito Sotto. File photo

"My dad, may prinsipyo 'yan, kaya pinaglalaban niya talaga 'yung pinaniniwalaan niya. And I admire him for that, kasi he doesn't care kung ano ang itapon sa kanya," Ciara, the senator's daughter, said in an interview with ABS-CBN News' Marie Lozano on Wednesday.

In recent days, the senator was the target of criticisms from netizens for having inserted the online libel clause in the controversial Republic Act No. 10175 or the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012.

Senate records credit Sen. Sotto as behind the said provision, which may send an erring Internet user to prison for up to 17 years.

Early this week, the lawmaker admitted he proposed the inclusion of the online libel clause, but denied it was a last minute insertion. 

He also said the proposal was not in retaliation to the alleged cyberbullying he received after his turno en contra speeches against the Reproductive Health bill in August.

At the peak of the debates over the RH bill, Sen. Sotto was accused of having lifted parts of the said speeches from other published materials online. At the time, the senator claimed to have been a victim of "cyberbullying."

"'Huwag niyo nang pansinin, masanay na kayo.' He doesn't care, ang galing ng dad ko. Hindi talaga siya naaapektuhan, patawa-tawa pa siya," Ciara said. 

"[Pero] kami ang naaapektuhan kasi anak kami," she added. "When it comes to my family naa-affect talaga ako, pero now, natutunan ko na na dedmahin ko talaga, and not just mind them. Block lang nang block."

Herself having become the target of criticisms for coming to the defense of her father, Ciara said she is now used to coming across "haters" on the Internet.

"Nasanay narin naman ako na ganyan, kasi you really can't please anybody and I accept that," she said.

"I won't stop just to please them. And I wont stop naman para mainis sila. I'll just say what I feel, and I know naman the truth, and it doesn't really bother me anymore," she added.