Senators from the Majority Bloc on Wednesday got furious over a blog that labeled them as “Malacañang dogs” for not signing a Senate resolution calling on the administration to stop killing minors.
A copy of the said resolution apparently did not reach them, according to the senators.
Among those tagged, Senator Vicente “Tito” Sotto III, said he would file a cyber-libel case against those behind the “stupid and silly” blog, which was published by Silent No More PH.
“I have never seen this shadow of this resolution. Hindi dumaan sa opisina ko ‘yan pagkatapos [That did not reach my office then they would say that] I did not sign?” Sotto said in his privilege speech.
“I will request to direct the Senate secretariat to investigate who’s behind prostituting this resolution and use the NBI (National Bureau of Investigation) Cybercrime Division because I will be very kind. I will just file a cyber libel case against these people,” the senator added.
Sotto said it was rather obvious that the resolution was being used to destroy him and the other senators who did not or were not able to sign the resolution:
- Senate president Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III
- Richard “Dick” Gordon
- Cynthia Villar
- Juan Miguel Zubiri
- Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao
- Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan
The blog wrote: “Their loyalty is to the Palace, not to Filipino people whose votes gave them mandate to begin with.”
“These are the senators who will block any action 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 added.
Like Sotto, the other senators said it was impossible for them to sign something that they were not able to read because they were not furnished a copy of the resolution.
The lawmakers being attacked in the blog later learned that Senate Resolution No. 518 urging the government to stop extrajudicial killings especially of children was drafted by Sen. Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan, who gave copies of the document only to 15 Senate members.
Pangilinan said he had no intention to put other senators in a bad light and only decided to file the resolution because it already had enough signatures, and he was in a hurry to leave.
Image: Silent No More PH