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Sen. Pimentel Understands Senate Pres. Sotto’s Controversial Request

PIMENTEL – Former Senate President Aquilino ‘Koko’ Pimentel III revealed his side on the move of Senate President Vicente ‘Tito’ Sotto III to request the Philippine Daily Inquirer to remove the Pepsi Paloma articles mentioning his name.

Recently, the social media was left abuzz when writer Rodel Rodis took to Facebook screenshots of the letter sent by Senate President Tito Sotto to Inquirer based on a report. The Senator is the successor of Sen. Koko Pimentel in leading the Senate.

Sen. Sotto requested the media organization to remove the Pepsi Paloma articles that are putting his name in the bad light. Pepsi is a former actress whose career did not last long after she took her own self.

There are allegations that a prior incident led to the former actress’ decision to take her own life. Kapuso hosts Joey de Leon and Vic Sotto and the late comedian Richie D’ Horsie are allegedly involved in the said incident.

Sen. Tito Sotto

Photo Courtesy of Inquirer

Sen. Tito Sotto’s name was also dragged in the issues surrounding the death of Pepsi Paloma. The older brother of Vic Sotto allegedly helped the Kapuso host and his friends get away from the charges that may be filed against them.

According to a report, in his letter to Inquirer, Senate President Sotto requested the media company to remove the articles about Pepsi Paloma mentioning his named as they were “unverified” and affect his reputation. The said articles were written by Rodel Rodis.

Abelardo S. Ulanday, the editor-in-chief of Inquirer, has previously issued a statement clarifying that Inquirer has nothing to do with Rodis’ posting of the screenshots of the letter of Sen. Sotto on social media.

The request of the Senator has gathered different reactions from the people. Recently, Sen. Koko Pimentel was asked of his side regarding the issue.

Sen. Koko Pimentel

Photo Courtesy of Niño Jesus Orbeta/Inquirer

Based on the video posted on the Facebook page of CNN, speaking at CNN, Sen. Pimentel expressed that he understands the move of the Senate President.

The former Senate President also stressed about the “permanence” feature of the internet. He expressed that Inquirer is a “popular website” and there must be a way for someone affected of an opinion to be allowed to request for the taking down of the articles.

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Read also the previous article: Netizens Bring Back The Controversy About Pepsi Paloma in the Midst of Tito Sotto’s “Na-ano lang” Issue

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