Kennedy to Sotto: apologize for plagiarism

Kerry Kennedy, president of the Robert F Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, wrote on Friday, November 9, that Senate Majority Leader Vicente “Tito” Sotto “flagrantly and deceptively plagiarized Robert Kennedy’s 1966 Day of Affirmation Speech in his remarks to the Philippine Senate on September 5, 2012.” She said that neither he nor anyone associated with him sought permission to use her father’s speech. Sotto also failed to cite the speech as that of Robert Kennedy, “presenting them instead as his own words.” For Sotto to claim that delivering his speech in Tagalog makes it his own is an argument “that has no ethical merit,” Kennedy said. She urged the senator to apologize for his “unethical, unsanctioned theft of Robert Kennedy’s intellectual property” as well as those whose work he plagiarized.

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