Senator Vicente C. Sotto III never learned how to cultivate ethical standard, integrity and accountability. He never acquired the flair of a cultured legislator as he remains as tactless person as ever by not choosing right words to use.
In September 5, 2012 he vehemently denied including his staff that he copied Robert F. Kennedy’s 1966 Day of Affirmation Speech.
The Senator defended his action by saying – he just translated it into Filipino and he did not committed plagiarism, he even bragged that plagiarism is no crime in the Philippine law.
Worst, despite of an issuance of joint statement made by Sarah Pope, Janice Formichella, and Peter Engelman in 2012 – their statement was completely ignored.
But in November 9, 2012 Sotto received a letter Center for Justice and Human Rights cited Sotto’s deliberate infringement. He shut his mouth, but no apology made.
The letter was signed by by the son of the late founder of and President of Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights – Kerry Kennedy. The younger Kennedy demanded Sotto for an apology again for his unethical and unsanctioned theft of Robert Kennedy’s intellectual property and the intellectual property of those whose works he has plagiarized.
The former ”Eat Bulaga” comedian was reminded by Senator Leila De Lima that the offense was already legally defined in Philippine law, under the Cyber Act law.
This Senator and his Eat Bulaga buddies who has the penchant in wrecking songs composed and sung by reputable singer and songwriter like Freddie Aguilar’s Anak. Their penchant for composition wrecking was carried and is wantonly practiced the this comedian turned politician, like what he did during the confirmation of Secretary Taguiwalo.
It is time to teach Senator Sotto about the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works.
Sotto’s first blatant transgression was dishonesty.
The latest misdemenuor was the “na-ano lang” crass joke during the confirmation of Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo by the Commision on Appointment.
His nasty remark was uncalled for because it was filled with strong contempt for single mothers and has caught the ire women rights group and the public. He deserved it.
Sotto’s question on Secretary Taguiwalo was offensive and deeply entrenched with prejudice against women, particularly single mothers.
This is his latest transgression – the latest unwanted nasty question by a sitting senator a day of infamy was written again in the annals of Philippine Senate as he shamed and mocked the integrity of Filipino single mothers and women. This is tantamount to political shaming of single mothers as an inferior gender that when an unmarried woman independently raising a family can be easily tagged as “na ano lang”.
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