#Sinotto: Sotto translated Kennedy speech?

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Sotto is accused of plagiarizing parts of his 'turno en contra' speech

Sotto delivering his turno en contra speech

MANILA, Philippines – Accusations of plagiarism are nothing new to Senate Majority Leader Tito Sotto III.

Mid-August, Sotto was accused of plagiarizing the first part of his “turno en contra” speech against the controversial Reproductive Health Bill.

The Senator vehemently denied plagiarizing from blogger Sarah Pope. But lawyer Hector Villacorta, Sotto’s chief-of-staff, later admitted to lifting parts of Pope’s blog without attribution.

On September 5, Wednesday, Sotto delivered the final parts of his speech. Moments after, Twitter user Michel Eldiy accused Sotto of translating into Filipino and using parts of a speech by Robert F. Kennedy.

Here’s what she tweeted:

Screenshot of a Twitpic sent by user @ChiliMedley.

Sotto appeared to have translated parts of a speech Kennedy delivered in South Africa in 1966. 

On her Twitter account, Eldiy explained how she caught Sotto’s latest case of plagiarism.

 

Sotto’s speech:

Iilan ang magiging dakila sa pagbali ng kasaysayan, subalit bawat isa sa atin ay maaaring kumilos, gaano man kaliit, para ibahin ang takbo ng mga pangyayari. Kapag pinagsama-sama ang ating munting pagkilos, makalilikha tayo ng totalidad na magmamarka sa kabuuan ng kasaysayan ng henerasyong ito. 

Ang mga hindi-mabilang na iba’t ibang galaw ng katapangan at paninindigan ang humuhubog sa kasaysayan ng sangkatauhan. 

Tuwing naninindigan tayo para sa isang paniniwala, tuwing kumikilos tayo para mapabuti ang buhay ng iba, tuwing nilalabanan natin ang kawalan ng katarungan, nakalilikha tayo ng maliliit na galaw. Kapag nagkasama-sama ang mumunting galaw na mga ito, bubuo ito ng isang malakas na puwersang kayang magpabagsak maging ng  pinakamatatag na dingding ng opresyon.

Kennedy’s speech

Few will have the greatness to bend history; but each of us can work to change a small portion of the events, and in the total of all these acts will be written the history of this generation. Thousands of Peace Corps volunteers are making a difference in the isolated villages and the city slums of dozens of countries. Thousands of unknown men and women in Europe resisted the occupation of the Nazis and many died, but all added to the ultimate strength and freedom of their countries.

It is from numberless diverse acts of courage such as these that the belief that human history is thus shaped.

Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.

The issue quickly went viral on Twitter, where users coined the term “#Sinotto,” a spin-off of an earlier Sotto-related Twitter trending topic

Here are some of the #Sinotto tweets that Rappler was able to compile:

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"Mayroon akong panaginip"- martin luther sotto #sinottoLeloy Claudio
Luke. Ako tatay mo. – Darth Sotto #SinottoLeiron Martija
Mga kaibigan, mga Romano at mga taumbayan; pahiram ng inyong mga tenga – Mark Antony Sotto #SinottoEarnest Zabala
Tawagan mo ako, siguro. Carly Rae Sotto. #SinottoPerci Cendana
"A person who does not love his own language is worse than a yucky fish." -Dr. Jose Protacio Sotto #SinottoRenier Louie B. Bona
Parang sanggol, sanggol, sanggol, ooooh (Like baby, baby, baby oooh) — Justin Sotto #SinottoGibbs Cadiz
"Kamangmangan ang ugat ng kasamaan." PLAtiTO Sotto #sinottoZ-A-R-A-H
Bakit lumalabas ang mga ibon tuwing nandiyan ka? – Karen CarpenSotto #SinottoMiguel Lizada
"minumulto ng komunismo ang europa" karl marx #sinottoLeloy Claudio
Isang singsing para pamunuan sila, isang singsing para hanapin sila, isang singsing para dalhin sila at sa kadilimay’ ipagsama sila #SinottoCarlo Pamintuan
Pero ngayon gabi mag kakantot tayo… oohohoh (pero hindi tayo mag gagamit ng contraceptive ha) – Enrique Inglesias Sotto #SinottoFilipinoFreethinkersdiv>
Oppa Gungnam Style — pano kaya ito itatranslate ni Sotto? #SinottoNicai de Guzman
Gisingin mo ako pagtapos na ang Setyempre – Green Sotto #SinottoMiguel Lizada
Pakainin silang lahat ng keyk! – commonly attributed to Marie Antoinette Sotto #sinottoKatrina Cabanos
Anong iniisip mo? #SinottoJasmine Shewakramani
Bituing sasakyang pangkalawakan ay itinadhanang lumipad -Nicki Sotto #SinottoPerci Cendana
"Mga kaibigan, Romano, nag-iibigan, pakinggan ang aking dahilan at manahimik ng inyong marinig." Brutus Sotto’s Oration #SinottoJubs Marquez
Ako’y isa lamang babae, nakatayo sa harap ng isang lalaki, nagmamakaawa na mahalin sya. – Anna Scott Sotto (Julia Sotto), #sinottoEarnest Zabala
"Oh oh oh oh oh oh. Ginawa mo kong mukhang baliw ngayon. Ginawa mo kong mukhang baliw ngayon." – BeyonSotto. #SinottoJeff Crisostomo
Gagawin ko Lahat Para Sa’yo – Foster The Sotto #SinottoJune Patrick Bulaon
Hindi baboy ang kapatid ko!!! -Nora Sotto #sinottoJep Señir
Kagabi napaginipan ko si San Pedro, parang di ako umalis, alam ko ang kanta, batang babaeng may matang disyerto -Madonna Sotto #SinottoPerci Cendana
hindi mo alam, oh, oh, yun ang nagpapaganda sayo – One Direction #sinottoRestituto
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Marunong mag-Tagalog si Kennedy?’

The Senator, however, was quick to dismiss the accusation.

Marunong mag-Tagalog si Kennedy?” he said in interviews after his speech. (Can Kennedy speak Filipino?)

Madaming nagbibigay sa akin ng mga materials, madaming nagbibigay ng text. Hindi ko na alam saan galing ang text, saan galing ang ideas. Pero maganda ang idea so para safe, Tinagalog ko.” (A lot of people gave me material, text. I don’t know where the text came from, or where the ideas came from. But the ideas were good, so I presented them in Filipino.) 

Sotto also challenged his detractors to focus instead on the issue–the RH Bill. “Sagutin nila ang mga figures, sagutin nila ang population issue. Yun ang sagutin nila, ‘wag yung Tagalog ko,” he said. ([Those for the RH Bill] should just respond to the issues of funding, population control, and abortion.)

Nakakatawa na sila, sila ang komiko, hindi ako eh,” he added. (They’re being silly. They’re the comedians, not me.)

What do you think? Did Sotto plagiarize parts of his speech? Tell us what you think in the comments section below. -Rappler.com

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