Tito Sotto’s plagiarism: Is it really that important in the scheme of things?

With regard to this whole circus over plagiarism allegedly perpetrated by Philippine Senator Vicente “Tito” Sotto III, I have to ask the obvious question: Was anyone harmed? I frame that question with the level of unrelenting ferocity I observe with which people have been attacking Senator Sotto. Even as this issue is “debated” ad nauseum, traders of pirated DVDs hawk their wares in Greenhills, Quiapo, and Binondo in the open with impunity. Ordinary Filipinos — I’m sure even many of the very ones who pump out those tweets of “indignation” — are routine consumers of stolen intellectual property, illegally downloading movies, copying and distributing illicit copies of songs and movies to friends and family, installing unregistered software in their machines, etcetera, etcetera.

What? Me worry?
I’m no fan of Sotto, but I don’t buy this whole “outrage” over the Senator’s alleged plagiarism. It’s stampede mentality at best. Considering there are other banal acts of intellectual property theft and intellectual dishonesty going on around us, the focus on Sotto is disproportionate both in concentration and timing and, as such, is clearly motivated by the pet personal issues (mainly around the Reproductive Health Bill) of some parties involved.

See, just because some issues are fads does not make them more important than those that are for now lower in profile or outside the radars of the chateratti. Remember the name Ronald Llamas? Llamas, adviser on political affairs to the President, early this year was caught on video buying pirated DVDs at a mall. Like plagiarism, there is no existing Philippine law that penalises purchase of stolen intellectual property. More to the point, that “issue” is now languishing in obscurity, just like all the “outrage” over the preventable factors that contribute to flooding in Manila has died down (just as the same outrage did back in 2009 after Ondoy bowed out). But just because there is no longer any high-profile outrage over man-made contributors to flooding — or presidential advisers buying bootleg DVDs — does not make those things less important.

In any case, most ordinary Filipinos won’t be able to grasp intellectual property theft and copyright infringement anyway. Recall the question I posed at the start: Is anyone really harmed by intellectual property theft? To the ordinary citizen of a nation not exactly known for originality, innovation, or bold creativity, copyright infringement does not compute. Ownership of original work quite simply does not make sense to an unoriginal people.

If I were Sotto, I wouldn’t worry. Indeed, the Senator’s biggest mistake was responding to his Twitterati detractors to begin with — not once but twice (or has it been thrice already?). He should have done his homework first. Despite the Philippines being purported to be the “social media capital” of the world, most Filipinos spend their time online watching “scandal” videos, chatting in jejemon, and persuading some middle-aged sucker residing halfway around the planet to send them some “load”. Sotto’s bloc of voters are not the type who’d be seeing content generated by our little niche in the citizen-journalism ecosystem appearing in their news feeds and timelines anytime soon. As Alfred E. Neuman say: What? Me worry?

The Philippines is a country where more abominable acts of impunity routinely go unnoticed, unreported, and un-hyped. These acts of impunity produce real victims that ordinary voters can relate with. As of this writing, for example, none of the owners or managers of Sulpicio Lines has seen any jail time. It is, indeed, lonely at the top, Get Real Post being the last remaining true blogging rock star in our little corner of the Philippine blogosphere. Consider that distinction de facto earned, as we have the only really sensible take on the concept of Pinoy-style impunity (boldface in excerpt below added by author for emphasis)…

When we do a bit of thinking outside the little square framed for lesser minds by our honourable oligarchs in the Philippine Media, we will consider how from 1987 through to 2008, a single shipping company — Sulpicio Lines Inc (SLI) — was a common denominator underlying the preventable deaths of at least 10,000 people at sea. Let’s say for argument’s sake, that SLI employs 50 senior management personnel and that every one of them can be deemed accountable for those deaths. That’s a victim-to-perpetrator ratio of 200-to-1. It is a ratio that dwarfs Andal Ampatuan’s alleged accountability for the deaths of 57 people.

Look around for a minute and take stock of the Media buzz and ask:

Who is huffing and puffing for the Sulpicio Lines victims today?

Simple answer. Nobody. They’re all busy huffing and puffing about Tito Sotto’s alleged plagiarism.

Tito Sotto’s act of “impunity”? Remember the 10,000-odd victims of the preventable disasters that involved Sulpicio Lines and consider whether or not Sotto’s “outrageous” crime against Sarah Pope (or whatever the heck her name is) is really that important.

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Matthew Parkes
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I seem to recall making a similar point: Filipinos do not hold their elected representatives to account. Sotto’s brother could be a rapist – bad example, Sotto’s brother is a rapist – and Filipinos would be upset for 1-2 days and then forget about it. That’s why the cretinous president can keep on doing what he does: he knows Filipinos so well. They can’t hold a thought for more than a couple of days. Let the masses exhaust themselves on faux outrage and then get back to business as usual.

jeanne
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I dunno but in terms of the issue, I still want to have some of accountability from the senator over what he did – plagiarism or whatever heinous crime he is accused of. It has been said that plagiarism is not exactly a punishable offence but my reading of the situation is that some people do get away from it (even if they known they had done a wrong thing). Only now that some are caught red-handed and perhaps with the method of mob rule or cyber bullying, some people wanted to have a sense of accountability as well. Perhaps… Read more »
Doomed Nation
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I think we have to look at this beyond it just being plagiarism or, more correct, copyright infringement. It’s about the broken trust the electorate had in Sen Sotto. He was caught lying within the walls of the senate, and has the arrogance not to apologize for it. Then he uses parliamentary immunity, which possibly isn’t applicable in this case, to hide behind.

He can’t be impeached. So what can the public do? They stage a protest. And Facebook and Twitter combined is the new EDSA.

Hyden Toro
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To do plagiarism means, you have no mind of your own. No original ideas. You copy people’s work and claim it as your own. It’s disgusting that a comedian/senator cannot even write his own speech and ideas…These are the leaders, we have. No wonder, the Philippines is in dismal state…

Nads
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“To the ordinary citizen of a nation not exactly known for originality, innovation, or bold creativity, copyright infringement does not compute.” Wow. Someone did not do their research. You talk as if many of the negative traits that allow impunity to pass by unnoticed is exclusively possessed by the Filipino people. Well, they are not. Also, we are not an unoriginal people. If you had not been so hell-bent using that as a premise in order to make your point, then you would’ve known that we do have original creations of our own. Lots of them, in fact. I mean,… Read more »
jona-s
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I understand the sentiments above and I agree with the idea that the character attacks on Filipinos is uncalled for. The Filipino people has nothing to do with what Sen. Sotto did. So why berate and castigate them when it was very clear who did the wrong thing? Was anyone harmed? Sad to say, yes. In fact, several entities have been harmed by it. For one, the incident left Sotto’s integrity in tatters. He has also been criticized for not owing and apologizing personally for what he did. Second, the person from whom the idea he plagiarized. How does it… Read more »
livro
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While I despise how Sotto reacted after he was caught plagiarizing, the blogger also mishandled or at worse capitalize on the misdeed. He could have just informed the senator discretely, asked that his work be cited in the published version of the speech, or reflect on the bigger picture. I don’t understand why the blogger made a big fuss on the matter when in fact he and the senator are advocating the same thing. Isn’t he should be happy that what he had written or what he believe in form part of the debate on the use of contraceptives in… Read more »
K3
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I think the issue got blown up when Sotto insulted all bloggers. “Just a blogger” was something demeaning, especially from someone whose used a blog as an uncredited source.

Add in the Chief of Staff’s non-apology+insult and you now have chaos brewing.

jeanne
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I don’t understand why the blogger made a big fuss on the matter when in fact he and the senator are advocating the same thing. -Sorry but she and the senator are the opposite sides of the issue. Isn’t he should be happy that what he had written or what he believe in form part of the debate on the use of contraceptives in the Philippines? -I think she would have been more grateful if her words would have been credited as hers. That’s her only issue. She didn’t even know that her work was going to be used in… Read more »
jona-s
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He could have just informed the senator discretely, asked that his work be cited in the published version of the speech, or reflect on the bigger picture. – livro

In other words, “inareglo na lang sana”. If that’s the case, the act of plagiarism will no longer be relevant in the future. Nobody will be found guilty so long as the offended party would ‘informed discreetly, the plagiarist for a piece of the action.

Terrible logic.

Trosp
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Ang babaw (read: %#*!) mo talaga. Barkada mo talaga si fishball. I’m fond of rehash items. I’ve commented this one already in this blog. This one is for you. “We have this copyright law in our country – According to Wiki: “Section 185 of the Intellectual Property Code provides for fair use of copyrighted material. The criteria for fair use is almost identical to the fair use doctrine in United States copyright law, with the exception that even unpublished works qualify as fair use under Philippine copyright law.” There is this news in US just recently – “Righthaven Loss: Judge… Read more »
jona-s
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Trosp, with due respect (a word you seem not familiar with), your kilometric post clarified nothing. Just go down to the specifics. What is it really that you want to say?

I commented on someone else’s post and you butted it. It’s obvious that you disagreed with what I said. Can you plainly, simply and calmly point out what it is?

Don’t just cut, copy and paste. Articulate your view also.

Trosp
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@jona-s Once there is this idiot commenter in this blog who was posting his comments using different names because he did not want his comments deleted or spammed. He thought that by using his original commenter’s name, his comment will be automatically deleted so he has to use variants of his commenter’s name. He did not even consider that there are also other commenters who could have the same name as his. That’s why I’ve labeled him idiot. And he was posting his comment from the same IP address. I’m not saying you and that other idiot commenter named Jonas… Read more »
jona-s
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Trosp, O, bakit napunta sa old and settled issue ang usapan? Bakit na-off topic? For somebody who loves to mouth ‘stupid’, ‘idiot, ‘bobo’, and other derogatory remarks just for the fun of disrespecting other posters, that’s a mouthful. Napipikon ka. You love to dish dirt but you cannot take it? For someone who admitted that he intentionally do acts para lang ipahiya ang kapwa mo poster, mukhang ikaw ang napapahiya ngayon, bata. Yes, I was forced to use different names and explained it already. An admission was made as who prevented me and the issue was settled amicably. So why… Read more »
Trosp
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@jona-s My comment about you is not an off-topic. It’s to give the comment readers here the idea on how your mind works. You as a commenter on this blog. Whether you’re worth the time. (Kung sabagay, si fishball, pinagtyatyagaan nga.) When I labeled that Jonas is an idiot, I’ve facts to support it. Kaya nga lang old issue na according to you. Pero the facts that went with it remains. And haven’t you read that I’m fond of rehash? When I labeled you as jona-s the fact challenged dud, I’ve facts to support it. You have all the time… Read more »
Trosp
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The crux of my argument is your previous comment: “Now, you want media out of Gloria Arroyo’s case and her date with history for alleged corruptions she committed during her term?” Daido’s comment: “You still don’t get it, do you? Trial by media is a phrase popular in the late 20th century and early 21st century to describe the impact of television and newspaper coverage on a person’s reputation by creating a widespread perception of guilt or innocence before, or after, a verdict in a court of law. That is what was happening in our country. That term is also… Read more »
Jonas
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The crux of my argument is your previous comment: – Trosp —– Why will you do that when I already showed you what Daido said about the media to prove you did not comprehend his point? Why will you still “comprehend” it that way when I pointed out to you what Daido’s thinking of the media the proof of which is quoted below? Speaking of the media (Trosp, read that, the media ha?), Marcos was a crook bwcause he was pointed as one by media pundits. – Daido Katsumi People blamed GMA because the media (O, another the media!) highlighted… Read more »
Trosp
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jona-s You can’t still point to me where Daido has categorically commented he wanted the media out. Is that a very hard thing for you. Daido’s comment: “Speaking of the media (Trosp, read that, the media ha?), Marcos was a crook bwcause he was pointed as one by media pundits. – Daido Katsumi People blamed GMA because the media (O, another the media!) highlighted her faults and made her supposedly anti-masa. While the media (here it is again, Trosp!) who are close with the Aquinos won’t look critically on their mistakes, especially on thw current president’s ineptitude. – Daido Katsumi… Read more »
Trosp
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Is exposing your idiocy bullying? This is aside from accusing me of having a special privilege in commenting here heh.

Who are the commenters I’ve bullied here?

Don’t give me the name of Fishball, just like you, he is a troll. He is not a commenter.

Jona-s
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Trosp,

Tahan na brad. I don’t know what I did against you that you are getting personal to me.

You called me bobo, idiot, tanga, etc. just because you do not agree with what I’m saying. Tama ba ‘yan? Gawain ba ng isang matinong tao ‘yan?

Swerte ka spoiled ka dito sa blog na ito. Don’t abuse the privilege that you’re enjoying here.

Let’s stick to the issue. And grow up, please.

Trosp
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What you did to me?.

I hate pompous people and they should be called out for that.

I don’t have a special privilege here. I always comment with facts to support my claim. Just calling you bobo etc., I can support it with facts.

Better luck next time kid.

jona-s
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Pompous? Did you look your self at the mirror? Lol!

Facts. You always say ‘facts’; that you can support your self with fact. But sadly, I have not seen any. Never.

S’ya, s’ya, ang tutoo n’yan e galit ka lang every time na mabubutata ka.

Swerte ka, ka-chokaran mo si benign0. Ang kagaya mong kakaning itik hindi pup’wede sa mga forum o blogs na matitindi ang mga commentators.

Dito ka na lang, safe ka pa. Protected and assured of continued existence. No matter how boring it is.

Trosp
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Since when have I made any claim without supporting it with facts?

Unquestionably, bobo ka talaga (supported by fats yan).

Cite any of my claims here that I did not support with facts.

I look at myself in the mirror and the one I see is what is in my avatar – no more no less. I don’t hide my identity.

May yagbols ka ba na ilagay yung photo mo and disclose your identity here?

jona-s
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“Since when have I made any claim without supporting it with facts?” – Trosp —– You made a lot of claim and statements that doesn’t have any facts. Here read what you said on this example Comprehending Daido’s comment, it’s the trial by media that is the issue and not the media per se.- Trosp That is what you claimed without the benefit of supporting it with facts. Actually, what you said was opposite to what Daido really said. Speaking of the media (Trosp, read that, the media ha?), Marcos was a crook bwcause he was pointed as one by… Read more »
Trosp
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The crux of my argument is your previous comment: “Now, you want media out of Gloria Arroyo’s case and her date with history for alleged corruptions she committed during her term?” Daido’s comment: “You still don’t get it, do you? Trial by media is a phrase popular in the late 20th century and early 21st century to describe the impact of television and newspaper coverage on a person’s reputation by creating a widespread perception of guilt or innocence before, or after, a verdict in a court of law. That is what was happening in our country. That term is also… Read more »
Jonas
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“I hate pompous people and they should be called out for that.” – Trosp

“Hate”, your favorite word.

No problem with calling out people if they commit something worth calling out. But you don’t do it just because you’re insecure of them. That you feel inferior to them.

Why call names, attack and insult “pompous people” without provocation? Why feel threatened when we’re just exchanging ideas and sharing opinion here? Why resort to verbal violence and be a blog bully?

Just stop hating people, Trosp, especially those you admire.

Trosp
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jona-s

Pompous as defined in online dictionary –

“Characterized by excessive self-esteem or exaggerated dignity; pretentious”

I hate them and nobody can stop me from expressing my hate.

And its synonym:

“condescension – the trait of displaying arrogance by patronizing those considered inferior.”

And your previous comment:

“But you don’t do it just because you’re insecure of them. That you feel inferior to them.”

LOL…

jona-s
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Pompous as defined in online dictionary – “Characterized by excessive self-esteem or exaggerated dignity; pretentious” I hate them and nobody can stop me from expressing my hate. – Trosp —– I believe you because you have been spreading hate on this blog as far as I can remember and nobody can stop you. And that is also the reason why I don’t believe you when you said you always back up your claim with facts. People who hate are incapable of objectivity. How can you be objective with people whom you labeled pompous because you hate them? Hate equals lie.… Read more »
Daido Katsumi
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@jona-s: ‘Hate equals lie.’

Hey, sugarcoated things are more like a lie than hating. So every criticism backing up with facts is ‘hate’, according to you.

Stop being so delusional and look at the bigger picture. Grow up, kid.

jona-s
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So every criticism backing up with facts is ‘hate’, according to you. – Daido Katsumi

That would only be true if every criticism is like Trosp’s.

Trosp
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Ummm, let me look how this loser has commented last time when he badmouthed everybody in this blog…

Truly a gem once I’ve found it. It will really confirm how this loser’s mind work.

Jonas
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Well, the neighborhood bully is at it again. Let’s get it on, punk!

Trosp
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Is exposing your idiocy bullying? This is aside from accusing me of having a special privilege in commenting here heh.

Who are the commenters I’ve bullied here?

Don’t give me the name of Fishball, just like you, he is a troll. He is not a commenter.

Jona-s
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The crux of my argument is your previous comment: – Trosp —– Why will you do that when I already showed you what Daido said about the media to prove you did not comprehend his point? Why will you still “comprehend” it that way when I pointed out to you what Daido’s thinking of the media the proof of which is quoted below? Speaking of the media (Trosp, read that, the media ha?), Marcos was a crook bwcause he was pointed as one by media pundits. – Daido Katsumi People blamed GMA because the media (O, another the media!) highlighted… Read more »
jona-s
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The only thing you can do to justify what you are doing (actually trolling!) is to take me on issues that’s being discussed. You said you “exposed” me, then, show it in a post and identify what kind of ‘expose’ you did. Calling names to ridicule is not an ‘expose’. It’s cry for help for you know you are losing control. You once admitted that your intention was to make “pahiya”. Is that the kind of maturity you have? Buti ka nga hindi pinipigilan dito. Nobody can stop or even dare to stop you with your bullying tactics. Whatever you… Read more »
Trosp
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So you want the rehash of your idiocy so here it is – “Once there is this idiot commenter in this blog who was posting his comments using different names because he did not want his comments deleted or spammed. He thought that by using his original commenter’s name, his comment will be automatically deleted so he has to use variants of his commenter’s name. He did not even consider that there are also other commenters who could have the same name as his. That’s why I’ve labeled him idiot. And he was posting his comment from the same IP… Read more »
jona-s
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So you want the rehash of your idiocy so here it is – “Once there is this idiot commenter in this blog who was posting his comments using different names because he did not want his comments deleted or spammed. You admitted that you are that idiot Jonas and you are the same. You are right, you are rehashing an old and settled issue. That’s how empty your position is. Anyway, let me help your faltering memory even though it’s a waste of time. Long story short, I admitted I was forced to use different IDs to be able to… Read more »
Trosp
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@jona-s You commented – “You said you “exposed” me, then, show it in a post and identify what kind of ‘expose’ you did. Calling names to ridicule is not an ‘expose’. It’s cry for help for you know you are losing control. ” You asked for the evidence of your idiocy, I gave it. So, what is your problem now? Telling the readers here how your mind works is name calling? Last time I checked, you’re insisting I have a special privilege in this blog. Now you’re claiming I want to be a moderator of this blog he he he.… Read more »
Trosp
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jon-s, the moderators have deleted your abusive comments (remember you badmouthed everybody in this blog) on that previous post in this blog and this is what is left. From one of the moderators – “Jonas/ sanjo, it is you who takes crying lessons from Kris. Are you resentful that others of your ilk have plum assignments and you are assigned to take us on? IS YOUR LIFE THAT EMPTY THAT YOU GO INTO AN ENEMY CAMP,AND JUST INSULT (my caps)? Double barreled i d s. I won’t tell you t leave though like Kris you lack so much attention you… Read more »
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Nads
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Benigno, I don’t know why I should do your research for you. You were the one who started shooting your mouth (or your fingers) on Filipino unoriginality. Now, someone is calling you on it. But since you obviously are very much in the dark, I will start with a few examples. In the area of music, you have your OPMs as well as great Filipino composers such as Levi Celerio, George Canseco, Ryan Cayabyab, Jose Mari Chan, Rosalina Abejo, Michael Dadap, among others. A good number of them are world-renowned too. I hope I don’t have to list their compositions… Read more »
Mark de la Cruz
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That’s the cause and effect of voting for people who is not really qualified for a government position. It is we the Filipino people who is also partly to be blamed for voting unwisely. We vote cause of popularity and ignorance I suppose. A large percent of the Philippine population is uneducated but yet qualified to vote. This does not include rigged
election results as well. So settle down because this is the result of voting people that are not qualified.

Aegis-Judex
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“We vote cause of popularity and ignorance I suppose. A large percent of the Philippine population is uneducated but yet qualified to vote.”

Sometimes it makes me wonder why we became a democracy in the first place… realizing that the voice of a division of fools outweighed the voice of a platoon of wise men… Are the oligarchs ochlocrats?

Jona-s
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Believe me, Sotto’s plagiarism has nothing to do with voting.

Felipe
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Sotto wasn’t “appointed” into office but rather voted by people. Take away those people’s votes, Sotto won’t be making speeches as a senator which include so-called “plagiarized” texts. So, yes the votes of the voting public have led to this event. To those who disagree, I say ‘deal with it’! Pinoys should vote responsibly and own up to the flaws of the candidate they’ve voted into office.

jona-s
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Sotto won’t be making speeches as a senator which include so-called “plagiarized” texts. So, yes the votes of the voting public have led to this event.

What? If that is the logic, no government elect officials will be found guilty of wrongdoing because the voters will absolve them of their crime every time.

Susmaryosep!

jona-s
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Incompetent choices lead to incompetent results. So? Sotto plagiarized and so did the voters? You don’t cast blame by association, you do it by commission. You vote unwisely, you get unwise people in office. Unwise politicians make unwise choices. How will you know you voted unwisely? Who will tell you? Those who lost in the election? You cannot just preach, you also have to show something concrete to support what you’re preaching. Voters and the individual politicians both have contributed towards the outcome of an event—in this case, a senator, speaking on behalf of his constituents who never had a… Read more »
jona-s
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Sotto wasn’t “appointed” into office but rather voted by people.

What’s that got to do with plagiarism? You mean only those voted to office can commit plagiarism?

Take away those people’s votes, Sotto won’t be making speeches as a senator which include so-called “plagiarized” texts. So, yes the votes of the voting public have led to this event.

If the people did not vote for Sotto he will not be committing plagiarism? Where did you get that theory?

I disagree with that simply because it is wrong.

Felipe
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@Jona-s

What? If that is the logic, no government elect officials will be found guilty of wrongdoing because the voters will absolve them of their crime every time.

Susmaryosep!

That’s where your problem lies. You have to think it has to be one or the other. They, i.e. both individual and voters, are culpable but at different degrees. Neither one absolves the other. Both have to shoulder the responsibility though differently. Both the voting public and individual politician should learn their lesson.

‘Sentido comon’ lang—Susmaryosep!

jona-s
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They, i.e. both individual and voters, are culpable but at different degrees. Neither one absolves the other. Both have to shoulder the responsibility though differently. Both the voting public and individual politician should learn their lesson. – Felipe Both are culpable but at different degree? There’s no such thing and you know it. Because Sotto plagiarized the voters plagiarized too? Where’s the difference in degree there? Both have to shoulder the responsibility though differently.- Felipe There’s is that “differently” again. Don’t just write/say it, prove it. What you said below is very clear Take away those people’s votes, Sotto won’t… Read more »
Felipe
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@Jona-s Both are culpable but at different degree? There’s no such thing and you know it. Because Sotto plagiarized the voters plagiarized too? Where’s the difference in degree there? Both have to shoulder the responsibility though differently.- Felipe There’s is that “differently” again. Don’t just write/say it, prove it. What you said below is very clear Take away those people’s votes, Sotto won’t be making speeches as a senator which include so-called “plagiarized” texts. So, yes the votes of the voting public have led to this event. – Felipe Where is the “differently” there? Susmaryosep, you have to explain that!… Read more »
Jonas
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Both have to shoulder the responsibility though differently. – Felipe

But how do you distribute the responsibility? All along I thought it was only Sotto who did the plagiarizing. Now you are saying he has an accomplice. So how do you go about it?

Felipe
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@Jona-s So? Sotto plagiarized and so did the voters? You don’t cast blame by association, you do it by commission. You are unable to comprehend a lot of what I just said. You try to read into it things I’ve neither said nor implied. Simple lang. Vote wisely to raise the standards your officials need to meet consistently—Voters do have that choice and level of control. The level of excellence a culture or society expects from its officials will surely influence the way said officials conduct themselves. Voters need to do more research and improve their selection criteria to be… Read more »
Felipe
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@Jona-s

If the people did not vote for Sotto he will not be committing plagiarism? Where did you get that theory?

I disagree with that simply because it is wrong.

I’m not saying that—You did. You just rephrased what I’ve said incorrectly, built a strawman, and argued against an assertion you’ve just made up.

You’re either lazy, having comprehensiin issues, or, just what others think you’re actually doing here—derailing the discussion.

Jonas
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Sotto won’t be making speeches as a senator which include so-called “plagiarized” texts. So, yes the votes of the voting public have led to this event. – Felipe

Very clear, “the votes of the voting public have led to this event.” Have led to this vent. The voting public caused Sotto to plagiarized.

Your words not mine.

Felipe
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Hoist Jonas!

Very clear, “the votes of the voting public have led to this event.” Have led to this vent. The voting public caused Sotto to plagiarized.

Your words not mine.

Nothing wrong with what I’ve said—Perhaps, the error lies in what YOU thought I meant, thus, your comprehension issue which you need to learn to workout yourself. You shouldn’t always expect people here to have to break it down to A-B-C for you.

Susmaryosep!

Domingo Arong
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Benign0 I have read the privilege speech on SB 2865 Senator Sotto delivered August 13th: http://www.senate.gov.ph/press_release/2012/0813_sotto1.asp And I have read the response of Ms. Sarah Pope of August 16th. http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/on-plagiarism-the-pill-and-presumptuousness/ The word count is that a total of 194 words were lifted from Ms. Pope’s blog. Plagiarism is said to have occurred when a person “with intent to deceive or with reckless disregard for proper scholarly procedures, presents any information, ideas or phrasing of another as if they were his/her own and/or does not give appropriate credit to the original source … there are two kinds of plagiarism: one that… Read more »
Trosp
Guest

@Doms

Very insightful comment!

jona-s
Guest

I think Senator Sotto’s plagiarism may fall under the category of “unintentional plagiarism.”

Oh, good! I thought it was not plagiarism.

A Bernardo
Guest
Yes, perhaps it’s true that people might be encouraged to channel their righteous indignation and rage towards tackling graver matters, i.e. Sulpicio lines example given, or say making sure the Ampatuans’ large asses are thrown into jail for eternity. Perhaps there pervades in cyberspace a mob- rule, witch-hunt feeling and netizens straddle the line between using the Internet for Good ( achieving genuine social change ala Arab Spring) or for Evil ( using it as platform to cast stones because it’s the fad, promoting character defamation, spelling out the sound of mocking laughter as ‘jejeje’ which is PURE evil.) But… Read more »
A Bernardo
Guest

Oops, do the last couple of lines constitute ” cyber-bullying”? Should I be worried when his blogger bill is passed?

Der Fuhrer
Guest

It’s more fun in the Philippines! Oops, Switzerland pala…

Roger Knight
Guest

SO essentially this author’s argument is that Tito Sotto’s plagiarism is OK because everybody does it anyway.

Mirror Force
Guest

SO, then…

U mad

Isidro Ramos
Guest

It is basic good manners to give credit where credit is due. it is acceptable to quote others even verbatim , in support of your argument as long as due credit is given to the original source or a formal permission is obtained for copyrighted information prior to use. When a national public figure,who is expected to uphold the norms of a civilized society, does otherwise for whatever reason, it really leaves a bad taste and make us sick in the stomach.

Mike R.
Guest
the issue isn’t so much about plagiarism as it is about being stupid and being arrogantly proud about it. he is a senator. he represents, to some extent, our people. the whole world is probably laughing at us now for this idiocy and his vehement stand that there’s nothing wrong with the things he did, be it copy things off of a blog without giving due credit to the blogger OR directly translate a part of a speech given by some famous but long-dead politician. THE POINT HERE IS HE’S STUPIDLY AND ARROGANTLY VEHEMENT ABOUT ALL THIS. i really can’t… Read more »
Mirror Force
Guest

I agree with your first two paragraphs.

Third paragraph: U mad

Felipe
Guest

I don’t approve of plagiarism at all, but I find it quite ridiculous for a society or a culture in which unoriginality is so pervasive to keenly expect its representatives to be otherwise. Innovative and original societies produce innovative and original representatives. Non-innovative and unoriginal societies produce or breed representatives with those same traits. Like produces like—not so hard a concept to grasp.

Gogs
Member

I made the exact same point when MVP was caught back in 2010 with his Sotto moment. This is a culture that is proud of Arnel Pineda, Lastikman and Darna. Arnel Pineda is just an Elvis impersonator who does not focus on Elvis. Why be proud of that?

julio madiaga
Guest

we seem to forget that when tito, vic, and joey were just starting in student canteen, they trio had a portion wherein they would sing the pop songs of the time but with their own lyrics.
i guess the good senator never really outgrew this. this meaning using somebody else’s work and profiting from it.

“was any one harmed?”

the answer is obvious.

paul
Guest
this point may have been made already, so pardon me if i’m just echoing a sentiment. many are disappointed with the senator, not so much because of the plagiarism, but because of how he handled the situation. many months back, MVP was also accused of having plagiarized portions of a speech delivered during a commencement exercise. this news died very quickly, because MVP was also just as quick to apologize and admit to the faux pas, which was after all really the fault of his speech writer which i assume he pays well enough to know better. going back to… Read more »
Sony V
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Many pinoys think that Sen. Sotto was being arrogant for not saying “sorry”. I think he was not. Just like most unoriginal Pinoys, the senator CANNOT see anything wrong with what he did. He cannot comprehend what “plagiarism” is. The netizens can scream, bite and pull their hairs. But first he needs to understand his “crime” before you can extract sorry from him. Ever wondered why the Senator thinks that he’s a victim in this whole brohuha?

Trosp
Guest

@Sony

It is debatable if plagiarism is really a “crime”.

Jonas
Guest
Many pinoys think that Sen. Sotto was being arrogant for not saying “sorry”. I think he was not. Just like most unoriginal Pinoys, the senator CANNOT see anything wrong with what he did. He cannot comprehend what “plagiarism” is. He is arrogant and he knows what plagiarism is and what he did was wrong. He is so arrogant that he allegedly plagiarized again, this time it was Sen. Robert Kennedy’s speech. While I understood the embarrasing repercussion on his part, Sotto’s denial/deadma antics has really made him a laughingstock of the whole archipelago. Whenever I see his face on TV… Read more »
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