I have corrected my story to reflect your inputs: As you make clear, it was not Senator Cayetano who inserted these amendments in the Cybercrime Law.
In the end, though, your quarrel is not with me, but with the Senate Journal and whoever is in charge of overseeing its preparation. When the Senate was my beat years back, I could rely on the Journal to give a faithful, accurate and true account. Apparently this is no longer the case.
The way it is written in the Journal gives the impression that the amendments regarding “Real-Time Collection of Traffic Data” and the “Take-Down” clause in the Cybercrime Law were inserted by Senator Cayetano. And if you don’t correct this, history will give this reflection that it is she who did it.
Please take a look at a screen cap of the Senate Journal on Senator Cayetano’s remarks:
The first paragraph talks about Senator Cayetano’s verbal request to Senator Edgardo Angara to be given time to make sure the Cybercrime Law is aligned with the Anti-Child Pornography Law.
The second paragraph quotes Senator Angara, the law’s main sponsor, assuring her that he had amended the Cybercrime Law section on child pornography, based on Sen. Cayetano’s request.
What you have neglected to mention – and I will point to it now – is that the next portion pertained to the two amendments made by Senator Pia Cayetano herself. Let’s zoom in on that section:
How do I know that?
Because before I wrote the story, I counter-checked if my reading of the Senate Journal was correct by comparing this with Senate Committee Report No. 30 prepared by Senator Angara. This contained the working draft of the Cybercrime Law, Senate version, before the amendments on the floor were incorporated.
Page 7, Line 22 – which the Senate Journal pointed to – referred to that portion in the Senate Committee Report on child pornography. This [please refer to the screencap below] is where Sen. Angara inserted Senator Pia Cayetano’s amendments:
Since the No. 16 and the No. 17 amendments were those of Senator Cayetano herself, I assumed that everything else mentioned below under her name were her amendments as well.
You specifically said on Twitter that the heading in the Journal – “REMARKS OF SENATOR CAYETANO” – mean only remarks and not amendments. However, Sen. Angara did refer to Sen. Cayetano’s own amendments under the heading “REMARKS OF SENATOR CAYETANO (P)”
The Senate Journal should have introduced the rest of the amendments with a phrase saying –“Senator Angara continued listing other amendments of other senators to the bill.”
That would have been a clear signal that it was no longer Sen. Cayetano’s amendments.
I asked for a copy of the actual transcript of the exchange between Sen. Angara and Sen. Cayetano. You uploaded the pertinent portion on Twitter. Here it is:
Your statement today – that “After Sen @piacayetano concluded her comments on child porn, Sen. Angara continued w/his amendments” – is not quite correct. Because the first two amendments cited by Sen. Angara were Sen. Cayetano’s own amendments. I will just note here that in your posted objections on Twitter and Facebook, you never gave an inkling that the first two amendments Sen. Angara cited were those of Sen. Cayetano. You merely said “Sen Angara continued w/his amendments.”
You said I was wrong about the “Real-Time Collection of Traffic Data” and the “Take-Down” clause. I owe Sen. Cayetano an apology for not contacting her on those aspects. I thought it was enough for me to have contacted or tried to reach six lawmakers separately, including Sen. Angara and House Speaker Belmonte.
I would also like to thank you for leading me to a fresh avenue of investigation. If not for your pointing out my mistake I would not have stumbled on something else. :)
By the way, I asked you on Twitter how Sen. Cayetano voted in the Cybercrime Law, post-bicam version. I have yet to receive a reply. And what does she think of the newly-signed law? I’m curious to know that, too.