In the controversial debate on Republic Act No. 10175, more known as the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, Senator Tito Sotto finds himself another supporter—his brother Vic Sotto.
“Gusto n’yo bang maabuso ang Internet? You’ve seen before how… kung paano siya naaabuso di ba? Mas mabuti na yung merong safeguard,” “Bossing” told the entertainment media during the press conference for TV5’s “The Million Peso Money Drop” on Wednesday, October 10.
Vic added: “Hindi pwedeng ang binabantayan lang natin ay mainstream media. And malapit siya maging mainstream. So I think it’s about time that people should be responsible.”
He believes the law doesn’t take away freedom of speech on the internet; rather, it merely regulates.
“It’s more of… you be responsible with what you write,” Vic added.
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The TV host-comedian also defended his brother, Sen. Tito Sotto. Reports claim it was Tito was inserted the online libel provision in the cybercrime prevention law. But according to Vic, “that’s not even true. You should have listened to his privilege speech.”
“Pinalabas ng kung sino-sino na ininsert dahil nga nasa-cyberbully siya. And this thing about libel e nung January pa? E nangyari yung sa RH bill, August, September,” he added.
Does it affect him when Tito gets criticized for his political stance?
“Basta alam kong di totoo. Kahit si Tito mismo, sumasagot ‘yun. Wala naman siyang masamang hangarin.”
Next stop: politics?
Rumors about Vic’s “political plans” in next year’s elections floated earlier this year. However, the actor-host didn’t file his certificate of candidacy.
Does this mean he is closing his doors on politics?
“It’s politics. If I can be of help by being in politics, then why not?” he said.
Vic further explained: “But not right now. Right now, I can be of help without being a politician, without being a candidate. I can be a public servant in my own little way.”
He clarified, however, that the flak Tito received over his RH bill aguments last month did not discourage him from running.
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“Kasama sa buhay ‘yun, e. You cannot please everybody. If you’re anti-RH, sigurado kaaway mo ‘yung mga pro-RH. Ganun lang kasimple yun,” he said.
And for the record: Vic is anti-RH-bill.
“I’m not for abortion. I’m not for population control. And I’m not for the government spending for condom and contraceptives. Yung three billion, ilagay na lang ‘yun sa mga ospital, sa education. Three billion a year, gagastusin sa condoms and contraceptives?”
With politics out of the way, Vic can concentrate on his showbiz commitments. He will host the upcoming weekend game show on the Kapatid network, “The Million Peso Money Drop.” The show is a franchise of a popular international game show
Is there pressure for the veteran TV host to host a format that’s new in the country?
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“Of course, there’s pressure,” he said. But Vic feels the show will click in the local market, just like his other game show “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.”
He added, “Me, as a host, I’m feeling pressured. That’s why I do my homework. I try to follow everything, I memorize everything. I try to put my own personal touch sa pagho-host.”
“With this game show, I’m confident it can do good like ‘Millionaire’ or even better.”
“The Million Peso Money Drop” will premiere on Sunday, October 14, on TV5.
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