• Sotto to file cyber libel case against blogger over ‘Palace dog’ tag


    SENATE Minority Leader Vicente Sotto 3rd will file this week a cyber libel case against a blogger who posted an article tagging him and six other senators as “Malacañang dogs.”

    Sotto in an interview Monday said the complaint would be filed against Eduardo Dayao also known as Cocoy Dayao of SilentNoMore.ph.

    Aside from Sotto, Senators Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel 3rd, Richard Gordon, Manny Pacquiao, Gregorio Honasan 2nd, Juan Miguel Zubiri, and Cynthia Villar were branded by Dayao as “lap dogs” of Malacañang for refusing to sign Resolution 516 denouncing the killings of alleged drug dealers.

    According to Sotto, he signed the affidavit that would be included in the complaint to be filed before the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) this week.

    Sotto said Dayao’s name-calling would be the basis of his charges against him and not about his claim that he and his colleagues did not sign the resolution.

    The senator also learned that Dayao had left the country and did not know when he would return.

    “If the case will prosper, I’m very sure and his (Dayao) passport will be cancelled. We will request that his passport be cancelled,” Sotto added.

    Asked if he was willing to forgive Dayao if he would issue a public apology, the majority leader said he would rather punch him and plead guilty to serious physical injuries.

    Sotto added that he was not interested in any legal damages and it was up to the courts to determine the amount. JEFFERSON ANTIPORDA 



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