The fantasy that wanbol university is

SENATOR Vicente “Tito” Sotto III is living out in reality his outrageous fictional sitcom character Tito Escalera unfortunately at our expense. By stubbornly trying to squirm out of the hole he dug after he plagiarized a blogger’s work concerning the alleged dangers of birth control pills during a privilege speech, he brought Tito Escalera from the realm of fantasy right into the corridors of the Senate.

Never mind that he could not explain how he could blame the birth control pill Diane of Bayer Schering Pharma for the death of his son in 1975 when, according to New York Times Op-Ed contributor Miguel Syjuco, that pill was released in the market only 1978 and in Asia particularly in 1985.

Bayer Schering Pharma’s website confirmed Syjuco’s claim that the drug was released only in 1978, three years after Sot-to’s son died.

Only in the premises of the fictitious Wanbol University, where Tito Escalera and his equally mischievous brother Joey are making a fool of themselves, could such a twisted plot be conceived. Unfortunately, that fictitious popular sitcom is now fact for a number of politicians, even those in the Senate. Not only that, they have become protégés’ of the Escalera brothers if not WU alumni themselves.

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I am wondering when Sen. Sotto would file a bill that would make it illegal for universities to withdraw collegiate or post collegiate degrees from those who were found to have plagiarized their thesis. He could also direct them to return the withdrawn degrees as a matter of right.

Sotto is the perfect lawmaker to make that kind of proposal since he sees nothing wrong with plagiarism which, he stressed, is not a crime in the country.

He could rely on other lawmakers in drafting that kind of bill since plagiarism is a common practice among senators as alleged by his longtime chief of staff.

Hmmm…I am wondering if the silence of Sotto’s colleagues is an admission that they too are plagiarists.

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By the way what is plagiarism? defines it as an act or instance of using or closely imitating the language and thoughts of another without authorization and the representation of that author’s work as one’s own, as by not crediting the original author.

Wikipedia clarifies that plagiarism “is not a crime per se but is disapproved more on the grounds of moral offence and cases of plagiarism can involve liability for copyright infringement.”

Perhaps Sen. Sotto got his “not a crime” defense from Wikipedia but since he is not making any attributions we have no way of knowing it. Isn’t that right, Mr. Escalera?

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