“Bakit ko naman iku-quote ang blogger? Blogger lang ‘yon.”
~ Sen. Vicente ‘Tito’ Sotto III on allegations he plagiarized portions of his anti-Reproductive Health Bill speech from a foreign blogger

Reports say Sen. Vicente ‘Tito’ Sotto III plagiarized portions of his anti-RH Bill speech from a foreign blogger. The comedian/politician denied the allegation and challenged his detractors to prove the existence of the blogger by showing her birth certificate.

Several portions of Tito Sotto’s speech were the exact copy of a post written by foreign blogger Sarah Pope. Yup, kopyang-kopya. Very “Eat Bulaga Indonesia.”

Sarah Pope, a foreign blogger confirmed that portions of Sen. Tito Sotto’s speech were plagiarized from her work. This just in: Sotto confirmed that his speechwriters used to work for Manny V. Pangilinan.

Sen. Tito Sotto reportedly plagiarized portions of his speech from a blogger. Sotto is now in the running for Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.

On national television, anti-RH lawmaker Tito Sotto denied plagiarizing the work of a foreign blogger. Sotto’s speechwriters declined to be interviewed saying they’re busy updating their resumés.

Sarah Pope of the blog The Healthy Home Economist” confirmed that Senator Tito Sotto plagiarized her blog. Rumors say Sotto is drafting a letter of apology soon. He’s just looking for a template online.

Yet latest online reports reveal Tito Sotto plagiarized the work of not just one BUT four bloggers to be exact… prompting actress Cherie Gil to quip, “You’re nothing but a second-rate trying hard copy-paste!”

A bill that seeks to expel members of Congress and their staff who will plagiarize the work of bloggers and online writers was filed earlier today in the Lower House. The Anti-Copy/Paste Act of 2012 was authored by Shariff Kabuktutan 2nd District Representative Loreto Dasig. Senator Sotto was quick to dismiss the bill as a form of harassment and vowed to block its passage.

Quick Reaction
Sen. Tito Sotto is being criticized for plagiarizing not just one but four bloggers. And Kiko Pangilinan was like, “Awesome!”

Top 5 Movie Remakes Starring Vicente ‘Tito’ Sotto III and His Critics

No. 5: G.I. Joe: The Rise of Copya

No: 4: I Know What You Did To That Blogger

No: 3: Babangon Ako’t Kokopyahin Kita

No: 2: We’re Not Just That Into You

And the No. 1 movie remake starring Tito Sotto and his critics…

The buKING’s Speech

Update: After Sotto’s vehement denial that portions of his speech were plagiarized, his chief of staff ADMITTED that they indeed COPIED portions of Pope’s blog. Lawyer Hector Villacorta explained it was them not Sotto who copied it.

Worse, Villacorta was arrogant in his “apology” to the blogger.

After reading the “apology,” Sara Pope was like, “Hiyang-hiya naman ako sa inyo. Ako na ang kinopyahan, kayo pa ang galit?”

In Other News…
Last Wednesday, convicted killer Rolito Go was reportedly “abducted” inside the New Bilibid Prisons. Yes, “abducted” in prison. In other news, Elvis Presley is still alive.

Road rage shooting convict Rolito Go said, “I was abducted.” Bureau of Corrections Chief director Gaudencio Pangilinan insisted “You escaped!” Abducted, escaped, whatever, Pangilinan, you’re fired!

Road Rage 2
MMDA traffic enforcer Saturnino Fabros filed charges against Robert Blair Carabuena who assaulted him Tuesday. If convicted, the Philip Morris HR manager could face up to six years in jail. Or less – if an abduction would be successful.

LP Bet
PDP-Laban president and senatorial aspirant Koko Pimentel has accepted President Aquino’s invitation to become a guest candidate of the Liberal Party. Pimentel is really excited; he can’t wait to campaign distribute relief goods with the President.
“One is what one is, and the dishonesty of hiding behind a degree, or a title, or any manner and collection of words, is still exactly that: dishonest.”
~ Kay Redfield Jamison, An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness

Quote of the Day
Are people that hard up for something original to say?
~Blogger Sarah Pope confirming reports that her post was plagiarized by a Philippine senator

Have a safe and happy weekend!

I am on Twitter: @HecklerForever.

(Sarah’s photo from her blog)

Author: professionalheckler

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57 thoughts on “GOTCHA!”

  1. GOTCHA! One lazy afternoon many years ago while surfing with the tv remote button, i happened to see an old b&w hollywood movie just as when one lady was telling another, “you’re nothing but a second-rate…”, exactly the phrase attributed to Orlando Nadres and Bernardo2(?) used in the movie ‘bituing walang ningning’. I had an AHA!!moment, you bet.


  2. “Most plagiarists, like the drone, have neither
    taste to select, industry to acquire, nor skill
    to improve, but impudently pilfer the honey
    ready prepared, from the hive.”
    – Walter Colton

    sotto’s pathetic attempt at an apology to blogger sarah shows how uneducated him and his staff are. i thought it was a spoof letter. no wonder they cannot write speeches and have to steal.

    once a cheat, always a cheat. someone should check his university dissitation.


  3. Reblogged this on sutilmd and commented:
    Sotto: “Bakit ko naman iku-quote ang blogger? Blogger lang ‘yon.”
    Blogger (Pope): “Are people that hard up for something original to say?”
    Sotto’s Chief of Staff: “…but if you wish that you also be credited with the contents of the book…, let this be your affirmation, i can do it and by this message i am doing it…”

    FTW na mga tweet:
    “anong meron ang speech ni Sotto at ng NCAA pep squads? parehong may LIFTING!”
    “you are nothing but a second-rate-trying-hard copy paste!”


  4. hahaha 🙂 classic! … u’re nothing but a second rate trying hard copy paste! throw the liquid correction fluid at the blogger… ay mali… at the staff writer… mali mali at dr mc birdie… nakuuuuu burahin na nga lng hahaha 😀

    my goodness can’t we have better politicians who can make up thier own minds and not have thier chef d stup telling us wat the senator needs to fezz up to? sheeshhh…


    1. What I’d really like to say to Ms Sarah… lam mo actually our people are not that hard up for something original to say. In fact most Filipinos I dare say are one of the creative races in this planet.

      What our poor country is really hard up to are politicians who would have something intelligent, relevant& ORIGINAL privilege speeches combined with the sincerest heartfelt service of our politicians. Not just bandying around crocodile tears and large named initial blings.. di mo maintindihan kung RAPPER or ROB_ER.

      To think they esteemed themselves in placing “honorable” titles in front of their names… PLUEEZEEE!


  5. If Atty. Villacorta, Chief of Staff, cannot even proofread his arrogant & pitiful attempt of an apology, it is no wonder the rest of the staff of Sen. Sotto would need to steal words from a blogger. It is also the pits for the Senator to continue denying he copied from a blogger just because it was his staff who did! Amazingly stupid!


  6. blogger sarah replied to sotto’s chief of staff, quite rightly expressing her indignation.
    his 1 line reply
    ” a blog is supposed to be shared, and we shared it” villacorta
    if this is true, they make matters worse and make the senate a laughing stock internationally – we already know that.
    arrogance and stupidity


  7. That’s the problem with people here, in high places. They think they’re allowed to be “morons” and get away with it! They think they’re allowed to insult the intelligence of the
    people by trivializing their mistakes. The same thing GMA trivializes her infraction by saying “Sorry” in the national television, however insincere she was. Mind you, stealing the vote is not trivial. she have to be accounted for. Much the same as Tito Sotto, Hector Villacorta, and his good staff. They should be accounted for whatever their actions is. Afterall, they are being paid by TAXPAYER’S MONEY! I repeat, you guys are living luxuriously on TAXPAYER’S MONEY!


    1. muna ha, this is the right way, to mention the name to whom you are talking to, di ba jacques

      matanong nga kita jacques dahil hindi ako sure sa mga bagaybagay, ang ginawa ba ni sarah, and that was to write her piece ” based on her understanding of the doctor’s writings ” ay hindi plagiarism? kailangan ba copied verbatim to be?

      any which way, alam naman natin na hindi politicians mismo ang gumagawa ng kanilang mga speeches, inakala siguro ni sotto kanyang mga tauhan mismo ang gumawa at hindi kinopya, and the rest is, ganuon na nga


  8. ” isa kang malaking tanga at bobo ” wow naman mister heckler, ang sakit naman noon, in this particular instance for example, kailangan pa ba talaga ni sotto mag research sa kanyang sarili na baka nangopya kanyang mga writers? of course pinaubaya nya na lahat sa kanila..


  9. Sotto blamed contraceptive pill ‘Diane’ for the death of his son.
    This is another blatant lie aimed to appeal to the emotion.

    “Diane was manufactured in 1978
    and released to Asia in 1985. Sotto said his
    son passed away in 1975”. Beth angsioco – tribune

    Sotto said on karen davila the pill not effective with 8 – 10% pregnancies. Another lie/misinformation.
    The pill is 99.9% effective.
    3 -4% become pregnant due to mis-use/not taking for days/or lying to husband

    Maybe sotto should speak again to his wife.

    the sottos are clearly incapable of telling the truth


  10. This makes us realize that there may be no better way to put Sotto’s acts of plagiarism and his and his staff’s tortured defense in perspective than to quote that satirical blogger, The Professional Heckler. Out of many laugh-out-loud passages, we choose this: “Yet latest online reports reveal Tito Sotto plagiarized the work of not just one BUT four bloggers to be exact… prompting actress Cherie Gil to quip, ‘You’re nothing but a second-rate trying hard copy-paste!’”


  11. ‘Iskul Bukol’ in the Senate
    PDI Editorial, 20 Aug. 2012
    “This makes us realize that there may be no better way to put Sotto’s acts of plagiarism and his and his staff’s tortured defense in perspective than to quote that satirical blogger, The Professional Heckler. Out of many laugh-out-loud passages, we choose this: “Yet latest online reports reveal Tito Sotto plagiarized the work of not just one BUT four bloggers to be exact… prompting actress Cherie Gil to quip, ‘You’re nothing but a second-rate trying hard copy-paste!’”


  12. ‘Iskul Bukol’ in the Senate
    PDI Editorial, 20 Aug. 2012
    “Sotto, however, remains a piece of work. He is reported to be preparing a privilege speech this week to defend himself against the charges of plagiarism by claiming that what political operatives call a demolition job has been ordered against him. If only he didn’t provide his detractors with the sticks of dynamite himself. As The Professional Heckler’s own tagline reminds us: “The problem with political jokes is they get elected.””


  13. So in effect, they’re not denying na kinopya nila….Ms. Villacorta, that’s not the way to apologize. To put it in the vernacular “Wala kayong karapatan na magreklamo dahil kayo and nandaya! Pa discriminate-discriminate ka pa dian. Pa crucify crucify ka pa” And you have the guts to drag Jose rizal into the issue. Sorry to say but you’re the one who’s out of sync.


  14. In other words ” Sorry, we really messed up. We understand your predicament.And to prove our sincere apology, we are willing to do everything in our power (perhaps publish a full page ad) to correct OUR MISTAKE which is INEXCUSABLE. If there is anything else we can do (like retire from the senate hehe) to appease you, please let us know” would have been appropriate…


  15. Mr. Senator & your chief of staff, even students are required to do their own reaction paper, formal theme or sulating pormal in school. They are required to read, think and write their own ideas for them to pass or get high grades. Hindi ba mas nakakahiyang as someone who is a professional and a supposed leader, you can’t even write your own idea or speech? Worst, nangopya pa. I believe you have a personal take in this RH bill but looks like you’re not even hands on in the research or in the composition of your own speech. Parang mas kahanga-hanga pa si Senator Lapid for composing his own speech in the Corona’s Impeachment. At least it came from him and it was indeed his own idea and composition.

    They are not just mere bloggers, these people are thinking-beings and can come up with great ideas (original ones) by reading & researching, unlike you!


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