Sotto’s scot-free (and why it’s our fault)

27 August 2012

Katrina Stuart Santiago

Yes plagiarism might seem small and petty, it can seem like an academic thing, but it certainly isn’t moot, and I don’t know that making fun of Tito Sotto, in whatever way, will mean people taking this seriously. If at all, it reveals how we have inadvertently clouded the conversation on plagiarism with the fact of social class, i.e., pang-edukado naman ang issue na ‘yan, pang-kayo-kayo lang. Because really, who has spent time and effort talking about Sotto in light of this mistake? Who has started laughing at him, thinking jokes as weapons, too? Tayo-tayo nga.

Read on…

11 Responses to Sotto’s scot-free (and why it’s our fault)

  1. August 27, 2012 at 3:51 pm
    • August 27, 2012 at 4:13 pm

      Thanks for the link, angela. To make sure we are in harmony, I’d clarify that I think plagiarism is a very serious offense, for the cheating values it represents, and ridicule (clowns) may be a way of waking up people who are not taking it seriously enough. Like, the Senate Ethics Committee.

      Plagiarism is intellectual fraud, and Senator Sotto’s speech was rife with misleading information, wrong information, stolen information.

      The good news is that he appears so desperate that maybe no one will buy what he is peddling.

      • August 27, 2012 at 4:40 pm

        welcome, joe! this senate silence is intriguing. i was googling and found this: Drilon: Senate plagiarism unacceptable
        but i could never access it. looks like it was taken down almost at once. just tried again now, still nothing. this site posted the link too so i know it was up for a while:

        i wonder what drilon said, and why abs-cbn took it down.

        oh and thanks, been getting traffic from

        • August 27, 2012 at 5:27 pm

          Mysterious, indeed. I couldn’t get to the article, either. Almost like there is a spoken agreement not to discuss . . . so maybe Drilon had them yank the piece . . . I dunno. It’s strange.

          The Blog Center is getting more reads than I had expected. I think people are starting to bookmark it and use the site for a quick update on what’s happening. You maybe should plop a link over there in your right column. Use that red button, eh? Cross fertilize the intellectual sphere . . .

          • August 27, 2012 at 5:42 pm


  2. August 27, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    Cached by Google:

    Drilon: Senate plagiarism unacceptable

    By David Dizon,
    Posted at 08/23/2012 10:46 AM | Updated as of 08/23/2012 10:47 AM

    MANILA, Philippines – Sen. Franklin Drilon on Thursday said he does not condone plagiarism after a  senator’s chief aide admitted that plagiarism is a common practice in the Senate.

    “For some plagiarism is considered an acceptable practice. Not to me, and I hope my colleagues believes the same way,” Drilon said in his Twitter account.

    Atty. Hector Vilacorta, chief of staff of Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto, earlier said it was common practice among chiefs of staff to repackage unpassed bills in the previous Congress and resubmit them before the Senate.

    “Kopyahan po to talaga, eh.  Pag natapos ang isang Congress, lahat ng bill na hindi naipasa, kopyahan. Bakit mo iisipin ulit eh nandyan na? A bill not acted upon dies with a Congress. The new Congress senators will find out what can still be revived. Kopyahan po, pero hindi masamang kopyahan,” he said.

    Villacorta said he sees nothing wrong with lawmakers repackaging previously submitted bills, and claiming it as their own.

    “The Bible reached us today because the monks copied from the Greeks. Lahat ho talaga nag uumpisa ng konting kopyahan. Edison copyrighted the cinematographic machine so all proceeds sa kanya pero if not copied, we would not have movies today,” he said.

    Senator Sotto, who is Villacorta’s boss, has come under fire for allegedly plagiarizing portions of his anti-Reproductive Health Bill speech from a US blog.

    On Wednesday, Sotto said he already gave a “blanket disclosure” that his “turno en contra” speech is not 100% his.

    He said he already disclosed that his speech is derived from various research material from the Internet. He said he never claimed ownership of material lifted from Sarah Pope’s blog, which also came from another source.

    • August 27, 2012 at 5:16 pm
      • August 27, 2012 at 5:27 pm

        baycas, galing! so ibig sabihin, wala pa rin. akala ko drilon would redeem himself some on this issue man lang.

        • August 27, 2012 at 7:29 pm

          Wala pa rin.


    • August 27, 2012 at 5:31 pm

      Well, this argument seems to have only one side, Sotto’s through his attorney, and the public’s side, the Ethics Committee stands silent. So we bloggers are forced to be the mouthpiece substituting for the Senate’s silence and asking for a more ethical governance.

  3. August 28, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    Dahil ayaw lang umamin ni macho. Tsk.

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