MANILA, Philippines – Senate Majority Floor Leader Tito Sotto delivered the last part of his “turno en contra” speech entirely in Filipino on Wednesday to fend off accusations that he continued to plagiarize his speech from blogs and other online resources.
Sen. Jinggoy Estrada first asked Sotto if his entire speech was his.
Sotto replied: “A oo. Baka ho na naman imbes na sagutin nila yung mga sinabi ko baka daanin na naman sa plagiarism o pinlagiarism yung mga isyu kaya ko ho Tinagalog. Kaya Pilipino na ginamit ko para hindi na magbintang itong kung sino-sino.”
He said he did not use a disclaimer except for material wherein he clearly cited the authors. “Except dun sa mga binanggit ko, galing sa akin ito,” he said.
ANC, Sept. 5, 2012