MANILA, Philippines - Senate Majority Leader Tito Sotto admits he proposed the inclusion of the online libel clause in the Anti-Cybercrime Law but denies it was a last minute insertion.
Sotto says he pitched the online libel clause to the law's author, Sen. Edgardo Angara, and the provision was approved in January without objection.
Sotto adds his proposal was not in retaliation to the "cyberbullying" he received after his turno en contra speeches against the RH bill in August.
"Hindi, hindi siningit, yan ang sinasabi ko. Pinandinudumi nila yan, sinisiraan na naman ako nitong mga ibang tao na ito na ganung sa media, na sinasabing siningit ko lang dahil daw inaatake ako nung Agosto, Setyembre. Ako ba ay may bolang crystal na malalaman ko na Agosto, September aatakihin nila ako?"
"Hindi, siguro divine providence. Binigyan ako ng pagkakataon na ganun pero baliwala sa akin yun. Ngayon naman, in effect na yan wala naman akong icha-charge. Pagtatawanan ko lang yan at ika nga Diyos na bahala sa kanila."
He suggested the inclusion of online libel in the law last December due to online sex scandals and cyberbullying against celebrities.
Sotto cited the case of actress Rhian Ramos who drew online flak over scandalous allegations of her ex-boyfriend, Mo Twister, in a video clip posted on YouTube.
Sotto also cited sex scandals linked to actresses Maricar Reyes and Katrina Halili as well as the leaked sex video showing actress Janelle Manahan with boyfriend, Ramgen Revilla, who was killed last year.
ANC ALERTS, October 3, 2012