By Raïssa Robles
Senator Vicente Sotto III was quoted today as complaining why he was “being crucified” for something he did not do. He again denied being responsible for inserting the section on online libel in the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012.
The ABC 5 Interaksyon website quoted Sotto as saying:
Ang proposal ko, hindi insertion, because I proposed it on the Senate floor, open plenary. Ano bang pinagsasabi nilang insertion? Para bang sinasabi nilang merong sinister? Ang mahirap sa kanila bintang sila nang bintang. [My proposal to include libel in the cybercrime law was not an insertion, it was proposed in open plenary, so why do they keep using the word ‘insertion’ and implying there’s something sinister?. The problem with them is they just blindly keep accusing people],” he said.
You can read the entire Interaksyon report here.
Dear Senator Sotto,
I used the word “insertion” because that was the very word used by the Senate Journal of January 24,2012. As you yourself said, Senate journals pass the scrutiny of the office of the Senate Majority Leader, which you currently occupy. This was why I assumed the January 24, 2012 Senate Journal was correct.
Please see below a screencap of the pertinent portion of the journal. I have encircled the pertinent words in red.
Thanks @Mel for calling my attention to this. Mel is an active member of our Cyber Plaza Miranda, the growing community of Filipinos here and abroad who congregate on this site to debate and exchange information.