Si Senate Majority Leader Vicente “Tito” Sotto III ay nag file noong Tuesday ng cyberlibel case laban sa taong sinasabing nasa likod ng Silent No More PH blog at Facebook page.
Sa kaniyang complaint, Sotto accused Edward Angelo “Cocoy” Dayao of violating Article 353 of the Revised Penal Code in relation to Section 4 (c) of Republic Act 10175 or the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012.
Under the revised penal code, libel is defined as “a public and malicious imputation of a crime, or of a vice or defect, real or imaginary, or any act, omission, condition, status or circumstance tending to cause dishonor, discredit or contempt of a natural or juridical person, or to blacken the memory of one who is dead.”
As defined in the revised penal code, cyberlibel is the same offense committed through a computer system or any other similar means.
The senator filed the complaint against Dayaoo before the Pasay City Prosecutor’s Office, according to a report from News5.
A few months ago, Sotto called those behind the Silent No More PH “stupid and silly” and warned that he would file a cyber libel case against them.
The senator made the comment after the blog called senators from the majority bloc “Malacañang dogs” for not signing a resolution calling on the government to stop killing minors. The draftt resolution, however, reportedly did not reach the offices of the senators.
The blog urged Filipinos to show outrage against Sotto, Senate President Koko Pimentel and Sens. Richard Gordon, Cynthia Villar, Migz Zubiri, Manny Pacquiao and Gringo Honasan for not signing the resolution.
that would investigate the sins of the government. These are the senators whose silence lead(s) to continuous murder of poor and innocent children,” the blog read.
The Senate mass media panel opened an inquiry into the proliferation of fake news following the outrage of the seven senators following their alleged exclusion of signing the resolution calling a stop to drug-related killings.