Sotto's plagiarism: A 'storm in a teacup'

Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr comes to the defense of Sen Vicente Sotto III over the plagiarism issue

Rappler.com
Published 6:19 PM, September 06, 2012
Updated 11:16 PM, November 11, 2012
NON-ISSUE. Sen Ferdinand Marcos Jr comes to the defense of Sen Vicente Sotto III in the plagiarism issue. File photo

NON-ISSUE. Sen Ferdinand Marcos Jr comes to the defense of Sen Vicente Sotto III in the plagiarism issue. File photo

MANILA, Philippines - "A storm in a teacup."

This was how Sen Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr described the plagiarism issue against his colleague, Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III.

“I think it’s a storm in a teacup,” Marcos told reporters on Thursday, September 6. “I don’t really think it’s an issue that should concern the Senate too much.”

Marcos said he doubted if Sotto committed plagiarism in his speech against the Reproductive Health (RH) bill last Wednesday.

Sotto was accused of plagiarizing a 1966 speech of the late US Senator Robert Kennedy, which he translated into Filipino.

”Some phrases that have been coined by some speakers have entered the general lexicon of the English language. They no longer need to be attributed because they belong to the English language and not to one person alone,” said Marcos.

Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, also a vocal critic of the RH bill like Sotto, does not want to jump into the issue.

Hindi ko na papatulan iyon,” Enrile said. (I won't get respond to that.)

Enrile said the criticism against Sotto in relation to the plagiarism issue seems to be part of the debate on the RH bill, with “either side trying to put pressure on the other side."

Senate President Pro Tempore Jinggoy Estrada leaves it up to Sotto to investigate the matter. - Rappler.com