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Palusot Part 2

In defending his insertion of the online libel provision in the cybercrime law, Sen. Tito Sotto maintains that it was discussed during the plenary session last December and January this year.

“So it wasn’t true that there was no discussion about the online libel provision,” the senator said during yesterday’s forum on election politics and the media held as part of the annual observance of Cebu Press Freedom Week.

Then he was asked if a public hearing was held, one that invited media outlets and bloggers —the latter group with whom Sotto figured in a heated word war over allegations of plagiarism in his speeches against the Reproductive Health Bill.

The good senator said there was.

“Sen. Ed Angara said there was,” he replied.

He said the period of amendments for laws had expired, which meant there was no more time for public hearings.

So, there was no definite statement whether Sotto really did introduce the online libel provision.

Sotto avoided a head-on confrontation over this heavily criticized provision.

He deftly sidestepped a clash by lauding the mainstream media for acting with responsibility while reminding that libel laws make people accountable for what they say or write.

Hence, including online libel in the law, was “only logical”, he said.

Try as he might, the senator and to a larger extent President Benigno Aquino III were a lot more eager to clamp down on freedom of expression rather than ensuring the passage of the Freedom of Information Act, which would make them and the government truly accountable to the people.

Instead of leading by example to promote “Tuwid Na Daan (Straight Path)” the President demanded accountability from other officials and even had one chief justice ousted while being less than candid about his Statement of Assets and Liabilities and secret appointments like Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV’s China excursion.

Sotto said senators wanted to level the playing field so that libel covers not just mainstream journalists, but online writers and those who use social media like Facebook and Twitter.

On the Internet, users can lambast and issue below the belt insults with the click of a button.

Sotto’s hand in making online libel a cybercrime shows he pays lip service to freedom of expression

Is this the same kind of pseudo-conviction behind his avowed support for the Freedom of Information bill?

There’s a word for what the senator did in justifying his copy-paste insertion in the cybercrime law, a word used to describe the former chief justice’s tearful appeaks: palusot.

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/Y427NP4QEQ3BNLVOE4LXBSLWYY Gretchen

    Sana maipasa ang act na yan..

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/UFBMA7VDCNY2NXIBMTLFJBHTP4 Maria

      Sana maipasa ang act na yan! :) Mabuting maipasa ang act na yan.. para sa ikabubuti natin yan.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/MWKNUPJNJKIL6SKJNT5MN62Y3A Harold

        at para sa ikakatino ng mamamayan.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/TXCRRMQYWJBWNIY6MCWJEUOXJQ Berna

      sana nga! nang matuto na ang mga mapanghusgang yan!

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/A7BBDAMMUD7VZ2FTY6RYRQE5FM Harold

        at sana matuto ang lahat na gamitin ang freedom of speech nila sa tama hindi sa pangbabatikos ng iba.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/TXCRRMQYWJBWNIY6MCWJEUOXJQ Berna

        matuto na sila dahil sa bagong batas na dapat sundin nila.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/MWKNUPJNJKIL6SKJNT5MN62Y3A Harold

        tama! at mababawasan na ang mga taong walang alam gawin kundi manira sa kapwa.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/Y427NP4QEQ3BNLVOE4LXBSLWYY Gretchen

    Gamitin ng maayos ang freedom of expression. Bawat karapatan may kaakibat na responsibilidad..

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/UFBMA7VDCNY2NXIBMTLFJBHTP4 Maria

      tama!! kaya sana wala ng maging problema sa act na yan.. Ng maging responsable naman ang mga tao sa cyber world..

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/D4WFTXWT2RLYMDUITGMF7V6VJY Jasmin

       tama. Yana ng dapat itatak sa utak nating lahat lalo na sa ibang nagmamatigas at galit sa ipinatupad na cybercrime act na yan.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/TENB6J6HFKGRAEKHBZXICHZGKE Michelle

      i agree! hindi naman dahil may freedom of speech dit osatin, kailangan ng abusuhin ito. dapat matuto din ang lahat na gamitin ito sa tama.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/TXCRRMQYWJBWNIY6MCWJEUOXJQ Berna

      tama! at dapat alamin ito ng publiko nang hindi magkamali.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/Y427NP4QEQ3BNLVOE4LXBSLWYY Gretchen

    Wag kasing maging abusado sa freedom of expression… Kailangan ng control sa internet.. at mabuting step ang gagawin na act na yan.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/C5Z4NHC3TEBKQJ33ZFE2QE365I Andy

      Tama! Kung ayaw niyo na may mga ganitong act. umayos kayo.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/QDTZ6622IUMZCZIZBBIPZZ6NTM Prince

        I agree. sila din ang gumagawa ng mga bagay na ayaw nila e.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/GLVRRP2BXORIAXLGLH6LXX2E3U Brando

        at dapat maging responsable sa lahat ng sasabihin ang mga tao.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NHNF5WN3EEUACZ2FXDRQL7SHVA redbeard

    “Sotto’s hand in making online libel a cybercrime shows he pays lip service to freedom of expression”
    Never a truer word spoken! and we should remember Noys father died to give the Philippines freedom!

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/KKKAP3ZYXRTVYJZVNSGBYXJSUU Greg

      We still have our freedom of speech and expression ang dapat lang gawin ay gamitin ito sa tama. Sabihin kung ano ang dapat at katotohanan. Hindi yung naninira para lang masira ang isang tao kahit na walang katotohanan ang mga pinagsasabi.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NHNF5WN3EEUACZ2FXDRQL7SHVA redbeard

        You clearly need to look up what freedom of expression means! if you think this new law will give you freedom of expression??
        Freedom expression means being able to speak your mind. not have to worry you might be arrested.

        As for saying you can prove what your saying legally is true, even though you know or feel it is? thats two different things in law!

        Will you be able to pay for a top lawyer? to stop yourself going going inside for up to 17 years. we can be sure the senator will have a good one!

        Cheaper to get a proxy server, some are free! This law will mean nothing then.
        And blog away! Or use the cafe!

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/MWKNUPJNJKIL6SKJNT5MN62Y3A Harold

      kaya nga gustong itama ni Sen.Sotto ang pag gamit sa freedom of speech, nagbigay sya ng ganyang probisyon para maging responsable ang lahat.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/D4WFTXWT2RLYMDUITGMF7V6VJY Jasmin

    Wag na kasing  OA magreact di mo naman kailangan matakot kung di mo to susuwayin ah.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/MWKNUPJNJKIL6SKJNT5MN62Y3A Harold

      tama! ang mga natatakot ay ang gumagawa ng hindi tama.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/KKKAP3ZYXRTVYJZVNSGBYXJSUU Greg

    Libel is saying something which is not true about a certain person. So kung alam mo naman na totoo ang sinasabi mo and you can give evidences that will prove that is true, then there is no need to worry with this law.

    • Sam

      yung mga OA magreact baka imbentor sila o barbers hahaha 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/MAL3OYUFIIK2WK3V7ZW6TEUE4U Leonora

    Dapat ay tigilan na ang mga issue kay Sotto na hindi maganda. May mga mabuti at tama din naman siyang ginagawa. Sana yun na lang ang mas bigyang pansin kesa sa mga paninira sakanya.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/I6PP326YRAGTCEJIQH3XYLDZVM Yolanda

      Dapat talaga ay tignan din kung ano mga mabuting naitutulong ni Sen.Sotto.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/SLJGFBUTEWDNC6FCF7GT5TUYXA Rommel

    Wala namang mali sa ginawa ni Sotto. Sinasabi lang ng iba na mali dahil hindi nila ito maintindihan at wala silang ibang pinupuna kundi ang kamalian ng senador.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/4DASLVGY6G4DS7KFSDPAVAIYSI Henry

      Tama, hindi pa nga nila nababasa ang nilalaman ng batas humuhusga agad. Yung iba naman gaya gaya sa comment ng iba may masabi lang pero halatng walang alam.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/MWKNUPJNJKIL6SKJNT5MN62Y3A Harold

        takot nga kasi sila dahil alam nilang di nila kaya sumunod at alam nilang hindi na nila masisiraan ang mga taong maganda naman ang ginagawa.

  • Mona

    Hindi dahil galit kayo kay Sotto, isisisi niyo sa kanya ang lahat. Kung para naman sa ikabubuti ng marami bakit natin pipigilan ang cybercrime prevention act na yan?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/I6PP326YRAGTCEJIQH3XYLDZVM Yolanda

    There is really nothing wrong with what Sotto did. Tama naman na maipasa ang batas na ito.

    • Dennis

      Lahat naman ng gawin at sabihin ni Tito Sotto mali para sa kanila kasi galit sila.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/YHWXFAW2WUZTGD3B5ELYDOTZMY Anita

      This will benefit those people who are victim of different cyberbullying.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/YHWXFAW2WUZTGD3B5ELYDOTZMY Anita

    Hindi naman mawawalan o mababawasan ang mga karapatan natin dahil sa batas na ito.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/R57XVYOG7RTH2KEZW77CJCUB6Q Frances

    Sotto made a good job for including libel in this law. Hindi lang naman para sakanya o sakanila ito. Para ito sa lahat.

  • http://twitter.com/NickCy Nick Cyriano

    I wonder how much Sotto’s camp pay the commenters below per post? A peso a piece? Or is it just a bunch of sockpuppet accounts? They’re so obvious it’s absurd.

    • http://www.facebook.com/newpublicusername Enzo Ruiz

      Pare pareho pa mga pangalan nila. Walang mga last name. Nakakatawa pala talaga si Sotto :))

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/UFBMA7VDCNY2NXIBMTLFJBHTP4 Maria

      Dami mong alam. sige nga, patunayan mo nga yang pinagsasabi mo. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/newpublicusername Enzo Ruiz

    The commenters bellow sound so fake and monotonous. Ang similar pa ng mga pangalan nila. . .Someone’s desperate hahaha

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/Y427NP4QEQ3BNLVOE4LXBSLWYY Gretchen

    Ang dami niyong sinasabi. Kung ayaw ninyong makasuhan ng libel o kung ano ano pa man, umayos kayo. Gawin niyo yung tama. Tutal mga nagmamagaling naman kayo di ba? parang lahat naman alam niyo di ba? So I think alam niyo naman ang tama at mali. Kung ayaw niyo makasuhan and whatsoever. Ayos ayos din!

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/QDTZ6622IUMZCZIZBBIPZZ6NTM Prince

      Oo nga naman! Alam naman nila “lahat” di ba.. haha. alam nila ang tama at mali. so kung hindi nila gustong makasuhan sila, gamitin ng maayos ang freedom of expression.

  • chitetskoy

    weeeh? pero super init ang RH bill, sa sobrang init ng RH bill hindi na napansin itong Cybercrime law na nagulat na lang kami nasa harap na namin.

    i am in favor of Cybercrime law EXCEPT the Libel clause.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/C5Z4NHC3TEBKQJ33ZFE2QE365I Andy

      Hindi na naayos yung sa RH bill.. Natabunan na ng kung ano ano.. Im also in favor of this Cybercrim law.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/MAL3OYUFIIK2WK3V7ZW6TEUE4U Leonora

      Kung hindi isasama ang libel dito edi malayang makakapagsabi ang isang tao tungkol sa iba kahit hindi naman totoo.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/WEBHUWYTBKWJ6W6S2QE75TSOOY Rafael

    Profile of persons guilty of cybercrime.

    1. The cannot agree to disagree.
    2. KSP –Kulang sa pansin.
    3. Trying hard to please everyone.
    4. Has no respect for others.
    5. Cannot form their own opinion that is why they just copy what others are saying.
    6. Can’t argue well that is why they resort to profanities.
    Cybercrime bill is not all about libel…please read it and understand. Instead of being suspicious and attack Sotto, social media users should first learn how to be responsible before making any comment.

    • Maricar Bunye

      yah I agree with that.. but they still have the couraged to say what they wanna say because they use accounts that don’t have a face..i wish the law can trace them to reduce disrespectful people

      • Dennis Magpuri

        they can’t show off their face bacause they’re afraid they’re guilty. they should learn to be responsible and respectful while exercising their freedom of speech

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/MAL3OYUFIIK2WK3V7ZW6TEUE4U Leonora

      There are a lot of people who do not understand this law. Mas nauuna kasi ang paninira nila kay Sotto. 

      • Karen Gumabay

        yah, people overreacting to this bill show that they cannot quit their being disrespectful. what a shame!

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/A7BBDAMMUD7VZ2FTY6RYRQE5FM Harold

        They over react because they don’t know how
        to be a good person. They don’t know the issue and they don’t know how to speak

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/MWKNUPJNJKIL6SKJNT5MN62Y3A Harold

        tama! dapat kasi basahin muna ng buo ang batas bago tumutol o sumang ayon.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/SLJGFBUTEWDNC6FCF7GT5TUYXA Rommel

      We really need this law for the bloggers to be responsible.

      • Cedric Macalalad

        yah, thats the real essence of putting libel in the bill, for us to be responsible with our words and what’s wrong with that?

    • Bruno Hicban

      talagang kulang sa pansin,, mga nakikicomment na lang kahit hindi alam ang totoo,, nakikinig lang sa mga sabi-sabi at nababasa,, tulad ngayon,, grabe na makareact agad dito sa cybercrime law porket sinasabi ng iba na labag to sa karapatan nila naniniwala na agad sila hindi muna intindihin mabuti at hindi muna alamin kung pano to makakabuti para sa lahat

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/TXCRRMQYWJBWNIY6MCWJEUOXJQ Berna

      Good to know that there is a cybercrime bill
      already. It will help people to understand that commenting and criticizing
      others is a right as well as a responsibility.

      • ma_ri_fe

        same as you. netizens and social media users should realize to use their freedom of speech responsibly ;-)

      • Bradley Liboon

        tama, so far wala rin naman akong nakikitang mali sa batas na ito eh. dinadahilan ng iba ang karapatan nila magpahayag ng opinyon kaya ayaw nila sa batas na ito eh pano naman ang karapatan ng mga taong dinedehado nila?sana isipin din naman nila yun 

    • Fermin Rabago

      we should know how to see things/person in a positive way rather than always putting a negative connotation on it/them. maybe someday we will realize that this bill were in favor for most of us

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/Y427NP4QEQ3BNLVOE4LXBSLWYY Gretchen

      Tama. They still don’t fully understand this bill yet ang dami na nilang kontra at mga pinagsasabi na ganito ganyan.. Well for me tama lang na may libel case yan. Wala ng kinkatakutan mga tao ngayon. Lahat nalang kahit mali go lang sabay ikakatwiran ang freedom of expression. Mali naman yun!

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/C5Z4NHC3TEBKQJ33ZFE2QE365I Andy

      oo nga. they are trying to please everyone with their false interpretation on this bill kesyo mawawalan daw ng freedom of expression, Online Marcos.. WTF. Sana intindihin muna tong bill bago magkomento ng mga ganyan.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/QDTZ6622IUMZCZIZBBIPZZ6NTM Prince

      I think. makakatulong talaga ang bill nato. kaya tama lang na may libel case. Mas magiging responsable na ang mga tao sa internet.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/4DASLVGY6G4DS7KFSDPAVAIYSI Henry

         Yung mga OA magreact eh obvious na  may ginagawang masama eh.

      • Sam

         hahaha tama, kaya galit na galit eh baka kasi masira ang paninira nila.

    • Mona

       Yung mga galit kasi nila kay Sotto dun sa RH bill e dinala nila hanggang dito sa cybercrime law.

  • Rofolfo

    Dapat maging patas ang mga bloggers. They should only blog what is true about others. 

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/TXCRRMQYWJBWNIY6MCWJEUOXJQ Berna

      tama! dapat ginagamit nila ang kakayahan nila sa pag susulat at karapatan sa pagpapahayag ng sarili sa tamang paraan.

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