last wednesday, comedian senator tito sotto wrapped up his turno en contra with a sorry attempt at profundity, lifted, yet again, yes again, this time from a 1966 speech of bobby kennedy, and this time, translated into tagalog, presumably by his staff, and atrociously at that. when challenged, he reportedly said, marunong pala managalog si kennedy, ha. josko, parang sinapian ni iskalera of the infamous iskul bukol, lol. good job.
nakakadesespera, my mother would say, as in nakaka-despair, na kailangan pang ipaliwanag kay sotto na plagiarism din yon? kahit pa ipinasalin niya sa tagalog, hindi pa rin kanya ‘yon. what he did was to appropriate and claim as his not just the sentiments of kennedy re nation and small actions but also the way it was expressed. and he can’t claim fair use, excuse me, not in an official senate speech where he is on record as saying that everything in his speech was original.
The making of quotations from a published work if they are compatible with fair use and only to the extent justified for the purpose, including quotations from newspaper articles and periodicals in the form of press summaries: Provided, That the source and the name of the author, if appearing on the work, are mentioned;
he says a friend texted him the material. without attribution to kennedy? friend ba ‘yon o foe? o me attribution but sotto thought, ah 1966, wala pang internet noon, wala ito sa google, mwahaha.
the worst of it is, walang sanctions on sotto, the arrogant recidivist. unfortunately, the senate president, the only one higher than sotto in the senate, who is in a position to reprimand the majority leader and his staff for intellectual dishonesty, is on the same anti-RH side as sotto, and, like sotto, all he does is insist that we answer sotto’s points rather than focus on the plagiarism. but, really, why should we even bother? sotto’s dishonest; he has lost all credibility.
Ryan Edward Chua @ryan_chua
Sen. Enrile says Senate should not concern itself with Sotto plagiarism issue: “Hindi ko na papatulan ‘yon.”
ganoon. eh nakakawala din ng credibility ‘yang pagkampi kay sotto at pag-condone ng dishonesty. where is the enrile of the corona impeachment trial, the one who was so strict about following the law and observing the rules of good manners and right conduct. ay, teka, he was strict nga lang pala with prosecutors and defense counsel, but allowed fellow senator-judge miriam her rants… so what happened to HER? i been waiting for a WHA??? why is she so quiet now, like all the rest? can it be, as some quarters suggest, that all of them are guilty of plagiarism in one form or another? so complicit silang lahat?
and then, again, there’s senator drilon, who was supposed to have tweeted this yesterday:
Frank Drilon @FranklinDrilon
Again, I am deeply saddened by the continuous lapse of judgment by the Senate Majority Leader. This House is not a place for mockery. 12:02 pm sept 6
apparently it’s been disowned by drilon, he has no twitter account, says his staff, and i can’t find it anymore. hmm. still, the question remains, why is he so quiet? isn’t this the perfect time to take to the senate floor and challenge enrile’s and sotto’s leadership? isn’t intellectual dishonesty, and condoning it, ethical grounds for a vote of no confidence? or can it be that drilon does not want to antagonize sotto et al because the LP will be needing their support for the president’s budget of php 2.0006 trillion, up 10.5 % from 2012’s (1.816T), up 21 % from 2011’s (1.563T), and which leonor briones alleges to be “understated,” that is, short by 449.34 billion in principal amortizations due in 2013, and rife with “hidden and vague” items to the tune of 282 billion, how dishonest, what a coincidence.
obviously there’s going to be a lot of wheeling and dealing between the executive and legislative departments, every one looking out for himself/herself or his/her vested interests before nation’s. but as in gloria arroyo’s time, kung di maipasa ng konggreso ang 2013 budget, this year’s budget can always be rolled over to next year. what makes this budget so urgent, given its alleged deficiencies? what makes it more important than the RH bill, e wala namang garantiya na ikauunlad ito ng bayan. di bale sana kung naipasa na ang RH bill, at may budget na for the RH law. instead, ang nasusunod ay ang wishes of 3 out of 10 filipinos and not the wishes of 7 out of 10. anong klaseng gobyerno at demokrasya ito?
as for sotto and how to make him pay for intellectual dishonesty, it looks like we’re on our own. like arbet bernardo’s fb status and thread say:
The Senate Ethics Committee will not act unless a complaint is filed. So if you want to censure Sottocopier, you know what to do.
… at least pag may complaint na and they don’t act on it, para lang silang frat. Eh as of now may palusot pa sila, walang complaint, so they can’t act.
and to my question, where are the cause-oriented lawyers who are usually quick to file complaints? they won’t move on their own? maybe they plagiarize too… arbet’s response was: where is oliver lozano when you need him LOL.
seriously, what happened to civil society? puro ba na-co-opt na ng aquino admin? and what about mainstream media? fence-sitting as always, hanggang reportage lang, walang taking a stand against plagiarism and spreading the word, explaining the immorality of it, down to the masses? and what about the church, the guardian-kuno of our morals? okay lang sa kanila sotto’s kind of deceit and duplicity because it’s for the anti-RH cause? the ends justify the means? good job.
sotto deserves to be sanctioned, declared in contempt of the people, for intellectual dishonesty. it wouldn’t be the first time that a sotto is found guilty of contempt and “falsehoods,” by the way. tila it runs in the family.