Cayetano Drafts ‘Responsible Plagiarism / Replication Habit Bill’. Sotto Opposes.

MANILA, Philippines — After the admission of Senator Tito Sotto’s chief of staff that parts of his anti-RH Bill speech last Wednesday were copied from a US based blogger, Senator Pia Cayetano, author of the Senate version and staunch supporter of  the Responsible Parenthood or Reproductive Health bill, announced that she is drafting a new bill that will prevent future instances of blatant copying of other’s works for use in one’s speech.

The Responsible Plagiarism Bill, also known as Replication Habit Bill, announced today by Cayetano, has the title “An Act Providing for a Comprehensive Policy on Responsible Plagiarism, Speech Writing, Weep Control, and for other purposes.”

“This bill aims to address the incessant copying of our colleagues from online sources but fails to give them credit, even going so far as to belittle the origin when confronted,” said Cayetano.  “We should be more responsible in knowing where our speechwriter copies the words they want us to say are from.”

She was referring to the comments made by Sotto when he said during an interview that, “Bakit ko naman iqu-quote ang blogger? Blogger lang iyon. (Why should I quote the blogger? She’s only a blogger).”

Bloggers and other netizens went up in arms at what they believe was a wrong move for Sotto, and also attacked his supposed belittling of one of them.

The alleged plagiarism has even spawned all sorts of jokes on social media, with some saying Sotto’s speechwriter is his daughter Ciara, who staunchly defended her father on her Twitter account. (from ABS-CBN News)

The following are the provisions for the Responsible Plagiarism/ Replication Habit Bill:

  • The bill mandates the government to “promote, without bias, all effective natural and modern methods of speech writing and fact checking that are categorically ‘safe’ and legal.
  • Although plagiarism/piracy is recognized as illegal and punishable by law, the bill states that “the government shall ensure that all speechwriters needing assistance for post-delivery backfires and complications from their employers shall be treated and counseled in a humane, non-judgmental and compassionate manner.”
  • The bill calls for a “multi-dimensional approach” integrates a component of speech-writing and responsible plagiarism into all government programs.
  • Under the bill, content-appropriate replication and plagiarism education is required from interns to senior chief of staff using “writing-skills and other approaches.”
  • The bill also mandates the Department of Labor and Employment to guarantee the rights of speechwriters against their employers. Senators who washed their hands after finding out that the speech he or she just delivered was cribbed from another source and blaming the former, shall be given assistance to defend themselves equally.
  • The national government and local governments will ensure the availability of search engine services in all government offices, including but not limited to Google, Bing and Yahoo, so as to avoid future incidents of ‘face palming’.
  • Any person or public official who plagiarizes other’s works, whether oral or written, online or off, without proper consent or credit will be meted penalty by imprisonment or a fine.

This early, Senator Sotto is already objecting the passage of the bill saying that information should be free and non-creditable. “Diba kaya nga tinawag na ‘Freedom of Information’ kasi nga libre (Isn’t it why it’s called ‘Freedom of Information’ because it’s free)?!”

He was quick to clarify that he is not against Responsible Plagiarism, but only certain provisions about the new bill. “Everybody is willing to have responsible replication. But we live in a fast-paced world. We don’t have time to check whether what we will say on national television was already written by others on the interweb (sic),” said Sotto.

A pro-RH Bill advocate commented that people should also check the facts that Sotto was dishing out the other day, accusing the Senator of misinformation or rehashed of older issues which were already clarified during the debates.

The comedian turned politician, also blamed pro-RH Bill advocates of changing the focus on the events that transpired. “Hindi isyu dito kung kinopya o hindi, banyagang blogger o lokal.  Ang isyu dito eh naiyak ako nung nagsasalita ako. Nakita nyo bang yung luha ko (The issue is not whether it was copied or not, foreign blogger or local. The issue is I cried while delivering my speech. Did you not see the tears in my eyes)?

We are receiving reports that the Senator’s office is already hard at work drafting a new speech for a scheduled turno en contra against the Responsible Plagiarism/Replication Habit Bill to be delivered in the coming weeks.

 

28 thoughts on “Cayetano Drafts ‘Responsible Plagiarism / Replication Habit Bill’. Sotto Opposes.

  1. “Hindi isyu dito kung kinopya o hindi, banyagang blogger o lokal. Ang isyu dito eh naiyak ako nung nagsasalita ako. Nakita nyo bang yung luha ko (The issue is not whether it was copied or not, foreign blogger or local. The issue is I cried while delivering my speech. Did you not see the tears in my eyes)?

    -So… His speech’s main focus/point was that he cried. lol. kung ano-anong lusot na lang ginagawa :))

  2. Once caught for being a thief, one may have all the reasons to draw heartrending, miserable and pathetic alibis to get out of the situation. Now, Mr. Sotto had just lost one valuable vote from me for the incoming election”S”. What an epic fail….

  3. but is there such a thing as “responsible plagiarism”?? might as well have said, responsible thievery, or responsible stealing (of other people’s ideas) — a contradiction in terms.

  4. Already caught with his pants down the comedian turned politician turned comedian still denies that he plagiarized the work of Pope. Graduate kasi sa WanBol U.

    • Napaka-pathetic ni Tito Sotto. The more he talks the more embarrassing it becomes for those who hear his shamelessness. Ano ba? Can’t you just man up?

  5. Habang nangangatwiran si Senator Sotto, lalo lang syang nagmumukhang tanga, lalo lang nabubuko na ampaw ang utak nya. Susme, nakakapanindig balahibo ang interpretasyon nya na kaya nga daw ‘Freedom of Information dahil libre”.
    Ano ba to? May Senador tayong naglalarawan ng kamangmangan at lumilikha ng pambansang kahihiyan.

  6. “Hindi isyu dito kung kinopya o hindi, banyagang blogger o lokal. Ang isyu dito eh naiyak ako nung nagsasalita ako. Nakita nyo bang yung luha ko” CAM WHORE! The issue is not about your tears it about passing laws that make Filipinos responsible parent and provide them with adequate service to raise a family which your kind of politicians see as “Evil”!

  7. “Everybody is willing to have responsible replication. But we live in a fast-paced world. We don’t have time to check whether what we will say on national television was already written by others on the interweb (sic),” said Sotto.

    I have one word for you, Senator: COPYSCAPE. O.o

  8. “Hindi isyu dito kung kinopya o hindi, banyagang blogger o lokal. Ang isyu dito eh naiyak ako nung nagsasalita ako. Nakita nyo bang yung luha ko?”

    Oh, I thought the issue was supposed to be that he was finally making some effort to provide actual scientific data to explain his anti-RH stance.

    Yun pala, it’s all about the drama.

    Appealing to the lowest common denominator, eh Sotto?

  9. Yung ibang nag-comment dito, akala nilang napakadaling gumawa ng speech. Baka hindi sila aware na sila pala mismo, nagka-copy-paste lang din pala mula sa gawa ng iba. We’re just humans, and so is Tito Sen and the people who wrote his speech. Let’s forgive them na lang.

    At sa iba naman, ewan ko kung aware kayo na SATIRE ang page na ‘to.

    • haha! ok lng kung once, let’s forgive him/them, kaso consistent sa pag kopya, meron pa ulet.. ano paulet ulet ulet? pwde bang mag-comedy na lng wag ng maging senador? dami kong tawa for him! LoL!

  10. Instead of Responsible Plagiarism, why not Responsible Sottoing na lang. When I copy paste my homework, mas dapat ko na ata sabihin na I sottoed my essay.

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  12. di ba parang meron ding speech si Sen. Pia that was likewise a “plagiarized item” that appeared lately on social networks?

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  14. I am almost sure that this A.H. idiot called Titi Sotto will also plagiarize his speeches opposing the anti copying law no matter who introduces the bill.

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