Tito Sotto denies whitewashing Pepsi Paloma rape case
After 34 years, incumbent Senator Vicente “Tito” Sotto III denied involvement in whitewashing the controversial Pepsi Paloma rape case.
BACKSTORY: The rape of Pepsi Paloma
“Hindi totoo ‘yan. Gimik yan ni Rey dela Cruz. (That wasn’t true. That was the gimmick of Rey dela Cruz.),” Sotto said in a radio interview on Thursday.
Dela Cruz was talent manager of sexy actress Pepsi Paloma. An optometrist by profession, Dela Cruz became famous for managing sexy actresses in the 1980s dubbed the Softdrinks Beauties, namely Coca Nicolas, Sarsi Emmanuel and Paloma.
In 1982, Paloma was allegedly drugged and gang raped by comedians Vic Sotto, Joey de Leon and Richie D’ Horsie
Vic, whose real name is Marvic Sotto, is a younger brother of Tito.
Paloma died in 1985 in what was ruled out as suicide. She reportedly hang herself due to depression because of “monetary problems.” But there were speculations that she was murdered to silence her further in pursuing the alleged rape case against the comedians.
Sotto, though he wasn’t involved in the alleged rape, was dragged into the controversy when he allegedly used his position in government to influence the court’s decision.
“It [alleged rape] happened in 1982. Eh 1988 ako naging Vice Mayor,” he told anchor Alvin Elchico on DZMM Teleradyo.
Sotto served as Vice Mayor of Quezon City before he was elected senator in 1992.
“In fact, Vic and Joey filed libel case against Rey dela Cruz. And there were reports in newspapers that time quoting Paloma and she said it’s not true,” Sotto said in Filipino.
“Kaya yang mga kumakalat sa Facebook, hindi totoo yan. Paninira lang mga yan. (Those [articles] circulating on Facebook, they’re false. They’re meant to malign me),” he added.
Running for another term, Sotto maintains the top senatorial spot in recent surveys. TVJ
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