In DZMM's election special "Ikaw na ba? Ang senador para sa pamilyang Pilipino" on March 3, Alvin Elchico asked Senator Tito Sotto about the issue on Pepsi Paloma’s death.
Pepsi was an actress in the 80s and reportedly committed suicide in 1985. But in 1982, Pepsi made headlines because she was allegedly drugged and gang-raped by comedians Vic Sotto, Joey de Leon and Richie D’Horsie.
Senator Tito was involved in the issue when he allegedly made Pepsi sign an agreement that she would drop her case against the three. According to the Philippine Daily Inquirer, the three hosts who were involved made a public apology on October 13, 1982 and this was also published in the People’s Journal.
Tito then reiterated that they had nothing to do with Pepsi’s death.
"Una, 1988 po ako naging vice mayor ng Quezon City. Matagal na hong wala 'yung kwentong 'yun. 1982 ho yung kwentong iyun eh. So, wala ho akong pakialam sa isyung iyan nung araw,” he said in the interview.
“Para ho sa kaalaman ng lahat... gimik ho ni Rey dela Cruz (Paloma's manager) 'yun. Hindi ho totoo 'yun. Pinagtangkaan nilang magkaso kasi tinira sila ng libel nina Vic (Sotto) at Joey (De Leon). Idinemanda sila ng libel kaya pinagtangkaan nilang balikan ng kaso. Hindi po totoo 'yun, wala pong katotohanan," the senator added.
Senator Tito also said that Pepsi must’ve died because of drug abuse.
“Wala ho, droga ho 'yun!" he said.