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November 12, 2012

Kerry Kennedy Slams Senator Tito Sotto for Plagiarism

The daughter of the late Robert F. Kennedy has directly accused Senator Sotto of plagiarizing one of her father's most famous speeches.
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Kerry Kennedy, the daughter of the late American senator Robert F. Kennedy, is the latest to accuse Senator Vicente “Tito” Sotto of plagiarism following the earlier complaints of three US-based bloggers.

Kennedy, who is also the President of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, has issued a formal complaint regarding Sotto’s misguided use of her father’s 1966 Day of Affirmation Speech. Though the senator claimed that this was not a case of plagiarism as he had delivered his speech in Filipino, Kennedy stated otherwise, saying that it is still “a clear case of plagiarism.”

“The Day of Affirmation speech is an internationally well-known and frequently referenced piece of American rhetoric. The 'ripple of hope' line in particular is one of Robert Kennedy’s best known quotes and it is absurd to suggest that Senator Sotto came up with identical remarks himself,” read Kennedy’s complaint, which can be read on Rappler.com. “Senator Sotto has claimed that because he recited my father’s speech in Tagalog, rather than English, the words are his alone. This is an argument that has no ethical merit.”

Kennedy is asking for an apology from the Filipino senator, adding that she was “particularly offended” at Sotto’s use of her father’s speech in an argument against the use of contraception. “Expanding and protecting access to contraception is a global priority I have promoted for years, and limiting that freedom was in no way the topic of the 1966 Day of Affirmation speech.”

According to an article on Rappler.com, Kennedy’s complaint will be included as an addendum in the ethics case against Sotto, which will be filed before the Senate Ethics and Privileges Committee on November 13.

(Photo courtesy of PEP.ph)

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  • PJ Nov 13 2012 @ 02:43am Report Abuse
    The likes of Tito Sotto in the Philippine Senate is indicative of a sorry state of politics in the country where Mafiosi mindset prevails. These are the typical traditional politicians that found themselves in the halls of the senate not having a clue why there were there but surely knows the monetary benefits they derived out of it.

    Sotto has crossed the lines of indecency and yet due to the feeling of entitlement and the immunity which they mistook for impunity thought they can plagiarize at will which they mistook as part of their privilege. This is what we call a privilege speech that's more of a privilege spit aimed at the memory of a great he will never be........
  • PJ Nov 13 2012 @ 02:54am Report Abuse
    Philippine Senator Tito Sotto is probably confusing the immunity in privilege spits errr speech with impunity, LOL....
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