11 Nov2012


by Marketman

Received this in my email today from a friend with the email subject matter: “Sigh…” Indeed. What more can you say?

Story on ABS-CBN News Blog, here.



  1. Dragon says:

    Stop vomiting…er, voting for proven, unqualified people!

    Nov 11, 2012 | 2:32 pm


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  3. MP says:

    Shame on those who voted for this arrogant person! It is most unfortunate that he has 4 more years to spread his stupidity and lies.

    MM, I am inviting your followers to check out Miguel Syjoco’s latest article on Sottocopy in Rappler and forward the email he has drafted to the members of the Ethics Committee… We need to have our voices heard, even if we think nothing will come out of our efforts…

    Nov 11, 2012 | 4:28 pm

  4. ka_fredo says:

    He’ll probably play the victim card again. :))

    Nov 11, 2012 | 5:06 pm

  5. Heck says:

    Wow, another Filipino, and a senator at that dragged this poor country into a very embarrassing situation. Will the senator surprise us, the nation by doing the right thing? Hehehehe. Sigh. Geez, when will Filipinos vote wisely? Will that time ever come? Sigh.

    Nov 11, 2012 | 5:09 pm

  6. argee says:

    Let us all do what we individually can. Vote, vote wisely and encourage our friends and acquaintances to do so.

    Nov 11, 2012 | 6:18 pm

  7. Isa says:

    Seriously! When a simple “according to Robert Kennedy…” Would have covered his ass.

    Nov 11, 2012 | 9:14 pm

  8. Joy says:

    Shame, shame, shame but what can we expect when our politicians are trained in brainless shows like Eat Bulaga and majority of the voting public are their fans. One deep sigh…

    Nov 11, 2012 | 9:56 pm

  9. Papa Ethan says:

    This may be rather crass and pedestrian (perhaps appropriate for the topic?), but it is fearless, truthful and to-the-point: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mw6Lh-yMsUs

    It is an episode of a regular segment by writer Lourd de Veyra aired on ABC5 News.

    Nov 11, 2012 | 11:49 pm

  10. Mom-Friday says:

    There was already a graphic poster on Facebook being circulated a few months ago – same also appeared here: http://philnews.ph/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/sotto-plagiarised.jpg

    Unbelievable! :<
    Same thoughts as Isa. Strike 2 for Sotto. Tsk, tsk…

    Nov 12, 2012 | 12:12 am

  11. tercer says:

    Only the Filipino people can raise themselves from this putrid cesspool of corruption. “For evil to flourish, good men need only do nothing.” Next time you witness even a small infraction, shout your objection, even if it be from a safe distance.

    Nov 12, 2012 | 1:48 am

  12. crabbychef says:

    I say start with the young. Even very young children understand that it is wrong to take something that is not yours. If you want to take something that is not yours, you ask permission. It is a very basic, uncomplicated concept. It’s not difficult to do!

    Nov 12, 2012 | 6:12 am

  13. paeng3 says:

    This indeed calls for a very long “sigh…………………” But I don’t think that Eat Bulaga is a “brainless show”. Just my opinion.

    Nov 12, 2012 | 9:08 am

  14. PITS, MANILA says:

    thinking of his wife and kids … i’m fascinated.

    Nov 12, 2012 | 9:49 am

  15. mary chen says:

    i don’t know where to hide any more!!! says tito sen. i will apologize na!!….

    oh what a powerful dream. i hope it becomes a reality. no again, i want him to resign as senator of the Republic of the Philippines. sigh……

    Nov 12, 2012 | 10:05 am

  16. james1 says:

    to have immediate impact on him, mr. kerry kennedy should directly write to sen tito “ditto” sotto. tignan natin kung gaano kakapal ng mukha at balat nya.

    Nov 12, 2012 | 11:08 am

  17. CCA19 says:

    It should be a lesson to all of us to choose wisely! If we keep voting for senators like Sotto, what will happen to our beloved country?

    Nov 12, 2012 | 3:03 pm

  18. TeTcha says:

    The senator’s act and his lack of humility in facing this is really shameful. However, I agree with paeng3. In my opinion, the show Eat Bulaga is not a brainless show. I’m not a staff or crew or whatever of the show, but I like their segment “Pinoy Henyo.”

    Nov 12, 2012 | 4:01 pm

  19. NYC_girl says:

    Shame on you Senator Sotto!!! Apologize and be humble…haay # 7 Joy…sa pananalita mo, ikaw ay mapanghusga. Grabe ka!! Bakit mo kinakaladkad at nilalahat ng manonood ng Eat Bulaga sa usapang ito?

    Nov 13, 2012 | 2:04 am

  20. Ted says:

    Sana lang po magkaroon tayo ng batas sa Pilipinas na habang ang isang politiko ay naka luklok sa posisyon ng gobyerno, dapat po ay ipagbawal ang paglabas nila sa pelikula, sa telebisyon at mga programa or palakasan (sports as in MPacquao) na isa sila sa mga karakter, tagapag-taguyod at nagbibigay ng gantimpala sa mga manonood (Eat-Bulaga the Sotto’s). Isama na rin po sana ang kanilang mga kamag anakan sa prohibisyon (immediate relative). Hanga’t wala po tayong ganyang batas, gagamitin lang nila yang mga programa na yan para bumango ang kanilang pangalan at iboto sila ng mga taong hirap sa buhay.

    Kung wala pa pong ganyang batas, wala man lang bang isang politiko na maisip imungkahi yan na maging batas? At kung meron na po tayong ganyang batas, dapat po ay ma-implementa yan sa lalong madaling panahon.

    Nov 13, 2012 | 6:09 am

  21. Ted says:

    #16 hindi naman po tayong meron kaalaman ang bumoboto sa ganyang uri ng pulitiko. 20 porsyento lang po or maliit pa ng populasyon ang merong kaalaman sa pulitika. Yung 80 porsyento po pinapanood lang sa telebisyon kung sinong artista ang kandidato.

    Nov 13, 2012 | 6:28 am

  22. Getter Dragon 1 says:

    Disappointing. Even more so when reading the comments on the aforementioned blog…so many Mickey Mouse comments. Ever wonder why the Philippines and Filipinos are marginalized in the western media?

    Here’s the other thing. During last night’s homily, the pastor was commenting on his experience during last week’s elections here in the US. He was having dinner at a family’s home when a family member announced that President Obama had won his re-election. This was a point of reflection on the pastor’s part as he was amazed on the quickness of the decision and his opponent’s subsequent concession. The Pastor then compares this with the election process in the Philippines…the length of time to determine a winner, the arguements, the refusal of concede. It wasn’t so much what was said by the Pastor on his experience on election night, but rather the majority of the Filipinos in the congregation who were giggling about it.


    How does that reflect with fellow citizens when Fil-Ams can justify such actions in their homeland? How does this indifference reflect upon us? For Fil-Ams here in the US, the sentiment of those who find humor in what was said only justifies the offense even more.

    Nov 13, 2012 | 7:30 am

  23. grace says:

    Unfortunately (up until his last interview), he still believes he did nothing wrong. And that translating an entire speech in Filipino isn’t plagiarism.

    Nov 13, 2012 | 9:26 am

  24. dhanggit says:

    he said in defense, “I did not copy, I just translated” hehehehe :-)

    Nov 13, 2012 | 12:41 pm

  25. JE says:

    He still refuses to acknowledge that he did anything wrong. And it still seems like Enrile still has his back on this, both of them going so far as to mock the notion of plagiarism being foisted upon members of the Senate.

    I realize that our government looks like a complete laughing stock when you see things like these circulating in international news, but it all comes back to the point where we still vote without gathering accurate information on who we’re voting for, and rely on name and face and public image as the driving force behind who we jot down on a ballot. Part of this is our fault, and the only way we can correct things like these is to make sure that we pick the right people to get into office, and maybe improve on the task of voter education. Tall task indeed, since cheating and chicanery is so rampant here.

    Nov 13, 2012 | 1:28 pm

  26. AM says:

    hayyyy….(sigh)…How embarrassing, indeed. I wonder did Sotto write it himself? Did he have a ghost writer or even a fact-checker?? If he did, then they should have at least quoted and cited the source. It doesn’t matter if Sotto translated it in Tagalog, they weren’t his own words. Shame on you, Mr. Sotto.

    Nov 14, 2012 | 9:37 am

  27. Chas says:

    @james1: That’s MISS Kerry Kennedy.

    Nov 14, 2012 | 4:02 pm

  28. Tracy says:

    @Ted #19 I was surprised to see Chiz Escudero on that morning television show with Kris Aquino.

    I don’t expect Sotto to understand plagiarism, but one of his college-educated political aides/staff members should. That part baffles me. The president himself implicitly admits to having a speechwriter (during his NZ-Aus trip when he made a jibe to GMA, he said was just reading the prepared speech), so why doesn’t Sotto just owe up that he didn’t write his plagiarized speech to begin with? And the plot thickens…

    Well, I can understand why most Filipinos don’t think it’s plagiarism or that it’s bad. I think the concept of intellectual property is a little murky especially when you’re surrounded by fake Louis Vuitton bags, fake TOMS shoes, fake Havaianas slippers, etc. I once overheard some person sort of comparing her fake bag with someone’s fake bag saying that at least hers was Louis Vuitton and not just Coach, even though they’re both just fake. I think the idea is that plagiarism is bad if you steal from someone personally, but if you steal from a big company, a noted figure, a celebrity removed from you, it’s okay?

    Nov 15, 2012 | 6:10 pm

  29. Marketman says:

    Tracy, I think anyone who finished grade school, high school or college should understand plagiarism. It’s imperative that they learned that lesson in school, I would hope.

    I do wonder if a majority of Filipinos think the act was not wrong. I haven’t seen a survey on that — but it certainly isn’t a major issue in their eyes given that 70% of the population would be happy to have more food, a decent home and schooling for their kids…

    As for counterfeit goods, I think that’s wrong as well. But as you say, it seems less personal if it’s at that level. Besides, many counterfeiters slyly change several (is it 6 or 7 design features to avoid outright copying?) slight features to avoid litigation… Now if only the legislators staff members did significant wordsmithing, then maybe he would be in less of a pickle… but let’s face it, this wasn’t the first time… it’s repetitive behavior apparently.

    Nov 15, 2012 | 10:48 pm

  30. Margaux Salcedo says:

    Unfortunately, not only does this senator not understand the concept of plagiarism, he also does not understand the concept of enough. http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/308198/now-sotto-hints-jfk-a-plagiarist

    Nov 18, 2012 | 2:46 am

  31. Part Time Homemaker says:

    Once more…only taxpayers should be able to vote!

    Nov 20, 2012 | 10:08 am


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