GOTCHA!

16 08 2012

“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!”

Breaking:
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.
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“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)


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57 responses

16 08 2012
Li'l town girl

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.

16 08 2012
Li'l town girl

Come on Orlando Nadres and Bernardo Bernado, ‘fess up! (What’s the title of the movie?You know naman when one didn’t catch the movie’s start, there’s no way of knowing anymore)

16 08 2012
Thel from Florida

You’re so hilarious as ever!!! Bless your heart always.

16 08 2012
Caryl

“You’re nothing but a second-rate trying hard copy-paste!” Hahaha! Very nice! Plagiarism is a serious offense. But this blog post make it sound so funny! :) Kudos to you professional heckler!

16 08 2012
jc

Sir, pakicheck naman kun speechwriters nga gumawa nung speech ng good senator natin. Hinala ko gag writers e. hahaha!

16 08 2012
Masconi Ibanez (@i_am_masconi)

Blogger lang?? yabang din nito ah.

16 08 2012
oneluckypenny

Hell hath no fury like a blogger scorned :D

17 08 2012
Libertas

“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.

17 08 2012
sadakups

But of course, he graduated from Wanbol University.

18 08 2012
senior60

now tell me libertas someone in this universe who hasn’t cheated in his entire lifetime

the saying that, once a ———— always a ———— is not true

23 08 2012
Libertas

“i would prefer even to fail with honor than win
by cheating”
Sophocles

sorry, but i have the highest values in myself, and only then can demand it of others.

24 08 2012
senior60

sorry libertas but i did not get you

17 08 2012
senior60

ayon naman pala, both sarah and sotto ay nangopya kay doctor mc-bride, sotto cited the doctor, ewan kay sarah, baka si sarah ang plagiarist

17 08 2012
senior60

ayon kay sotto, ‘I always say a blanket disclosure these are not from me”

at tsaka common sense naman, alangan namang original kay sotto kanyang mga pinagsasabi, bakit, doctor ba si sotto?

17 08 2012
abe

baka i misunderstood you, pero it would seem on your post that you have no idea what plagiarism is all about. peace

17 08 2012
jeproks2002

does plagiarism apply to jokes too? should comedians stop after (or before) every punchline to give credit to the author?
have you heard this joke about… aah forget it, i don’t know the author and might be charged for plagiarism.

17 08 2012
sadakups

http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/the-most-interesting-man-in-the-world

“I don’t always write speeches, but when I do, I plagiarize.”

Somebody make that a shirt with Tito Sotto’s face on it. That’s going to sell.

17 08 2012
piiiii

husay! you never fail to make my day ph!

iba na talaga mundo ngayon- dapat meron ng course sa college nyan, bachelor of arts in copy pasting

17 08 2012
sutil MD

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!”

17 08 2012
jasper

Obvious plagiarist kahit sa suot yan si Sotto or I’m not aware retro is in . Blazer w/ V-neck sando kopya kay Dan Johnson from the 70s hit TV serries Miami Vice and the oversized crucifix from the 80s Madona.

17 08 2012
ysobele

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 :D

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…

17 08 2012
ysobele

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!

17 08 2012
Maan

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!

17 08 2012
Libertas

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

17 08 2012
Libertas

I understand sotto still has 2 more dramas to enact in the senate next week.
If he just publishes the bloggers references in advance then he can spare the senate and the public his crocodile tears and bad acting.

17 08 2012
Libertas

The good thing is that the unprincipled and bumbling sotto has convinced even more people to be pro RH.
As a spokesperson he is on a par with ricky calamityagain.

17 08 2012
REYNALDO j. CASTANEDA

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!

17 08 2012
Dropdeadwarlock

Someone on facebook just made a meme out of your hilarious movie titles.. lolz!

Sana may lumabas na Downfall spoof patungkol kay Sen Sotto.. ahahahaha!

17 08 2012
JACQUES

To Senior60:

Sarah wrote what Sotto said based on HER understanding of the doctor’s writings. And Sotto copied this verbatim.

18 08 2012
senior60

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

17 08 2012
Dominic Isidro

quoting an inquirer reader…”yung pagiyak-iyak, saan kinopya?”

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17 08 2012
aiken

Rh bill and blogging.. Dito lang kita nakikitaan ng bias hehe.. Understandable.. Peborit pa din kita

17 08 2012
AbhyG

To begin with, the ridiculous senator had nothing original to say. His staff is even worse. A bunch of lazy pseudo professionals posing as speechwriters who failed to remember, GOOGLE. Shameless!

17 08 2012
Anonymous

Have you guys witnessed the episode where he was “emotional” during his speech in the senate? Baka isa ding copy/paste ang dramatics na yun, after all, Mdm. Helen is a popular actress who may have done a very good coaching job for him…. Hehehe

18 08 2012
senior60

” 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..

18 08 2012
jasper

Wag na kayo magtaka sa manners ni Atty. Villacorta.

KUNG ANO ANG AMO, GANON DIN ANG MUCHACHO
-Confuscious

Atenista din ba yan si Villacorta gaya ni Barney the Purple Dinosaur Blair?

Is plagiarism grounds for disbarment?

18 08 2012
Libertas

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

18 08 2012
RedRidingDude

I will never forget his this senator tried to ban Eraserheads. I hated him ever since.

18 08 2012
Libertas

There are three types of lies –
lies, damn lies, and sotto.

And if benjamin disraeli thinks i am a plagairist, then he can sue me

18 08 2012
andiy murivenko

hahahaha sayang i missed the premiere of “the buKing speech”. “tearjerking”. oscar frontrunner daw! hee hee

18 08 2012
Anonymous

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!” – WINNER!!! hahahah

20 08 2012
KALOY

Blogger LANG? Grabe nakaka disappoint.

20 08 2012
Jose Celestino Reyes (@iphonedevpinoy)

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!’”

http://opinion.inquirer.net/35110/iskul-bukol-in-the-senate

20 08 2012
tolits

‘Iskul Bukol’ in the Senate
PDI Editorial, 20 Aug. 2012

http://opinion.inquirer.net/35110/iskul-bukol-in-the-senate

“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!’”

20 08 2012
tolits

‘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.””

20 08 2012
gaya

http://opinion.inquirer.net/35110/iskul-bukol-in-the-senate

— PH, namention ka dito sa Inquirer o.. :) well known ang iyong phrase na “nothing but a second-grade-trying-hard-copy-paste!” :) hehehe

21 08 2012
Jimmy Leaño

Basta mga ginoo?binibini, ako ay naaliw sa kababasa, all of you made my day lalo na sa iyo ph, Salamat !

21 08 2012
Rey

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.

21 08 2012
Rey

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…

22 08 2012
Johnny

I wonder how his daughter would feel if her blog had been plagiarized. Then again, “ex-blogger” lang siya. Too bad it’s been deleted.

23 08 2012
Ms. Smile

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!

24 08 2012
senior60

excuse me lang Ms. Smile, may “original” ba na niresearch at binasa?

hindi ba dapat pag sinabing original ay galing lahat sa iyo?

24 08 2012
hikatalomato

i want to plagiarize my own comment but i don’t think heckler will allow it

10 09 2012
dolagarcia
24 07 2013
Jakeryan Tan

I suggest Mr. senator always prepare your own speech. Do not let your office staff to do it for you. as Sarah Pope said, “your always responsible for your actions”. As i read your speech and the Sarah Pope blog the contents are all the same. Mr. Senator you committed Plagiarism which is punishable by law.

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