Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 16) — Senate President Vicente "Tito" Sotto III has asked an online news site to take down articles linking him to the rape of '80s star Pepsi Paloma, a U.S.-based columnist revealed online.
Rodel Rodis posted on Facebook copies of Sotto's letter asking Inquirer.net to remove two stories he wrote ("The Rape of Pepsi Paloma," "Was Pepsi Paloma murdered?") and another one written by Totel de Jesus ("Tito Sotto denies whitewashing Pepsi Paloma rape case").
"If the Inquirer agrees to his requests, a dangerous precedent will be set. Duterte will demand that my articles denouncing him should also be removed by the Inquirer. Jinggoy, Bongbong, even China will also send their demand letters to Inquirer," Rodis said on Saturday.
In the letter signed May 29, 2018 addressed to Inquirer President Paolo Prieto, Sotto said the articles had a "malicious imputation of a crime" against him.
"These kinds of unverified articles have been negatively affecting my reputation for the longest time," Sotto said in his letter.
Inquirer.net has yet to decide on Sotto's request.
"INQUIRER.net believes it is within Sen. Sotto's right to make this request, citing particularly his claims that the articles contain unverified facts and baseless allegations. Also, to be fair with the senator, he has relayed this request to INQUIRER.net much earlier through his staff," the news site said in a statement.
It added that it only asked Rodis to comment about the request but "his act of posting this request on social media is his own decision. INQUIRER.net has nothing to do with it."
CNN Philippines has reached out to Sotto for comment but he has yet to respond.
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