MANILA - Blogger Eduardo "Cocoy" Dayao has been indicted for libel, said Senate President Vicente "Tito" Sotto III who filed the charges against the online personality last year.
"The case has been filed and now the court has spoken. Mr. Dayao should be made accountable. Running away won't solve the problem," Sotto said in a statement Sunday.
The senator filed libel charges against Dayao in November 2017 before a Pasay court, accusing him of being the person behind the "Silent No More PH" blog.
In his complaint, Sotto alleged that Dayao, through the blog, called him and 6 other senators "Malacañang lapdogs" for supposedly not signing a resolution against alleged killings under the drug war.
Sotto, who was bashed after the controversial blog was posted, denied the claim, saying he was not able to receive the draft resolution in his email.
The other majority lawmakers allegedly named by Dayao in the blog were Senators Richard Gordon, Gringo Honasan, Manny Pacquiao, Koko Pimentel, Cynthia Villar, and Migz Zubiri.
All of them denied claims that they refused to sign, saying they did not receive the copy of the resolution filed by Senator Francis Pangilinan.
The Senate public information and mass media panel wanted to summon Dayao after he has failed to attend their hearings on "fake news." -- report from Sherrie Ann Torres, ABS-CBN News