Sotto refuses to apologize on plagiarized speech

SENATE Majority Leader Vicente Sotto on Monday refused to make a public apology on alleged plagiarism charges made by Kerry Kennedy for using his father’s, former US Senator Robert F. Kennedy’s 1966 Day of Affirmation speech in the former turno en contra on Reproductive Health bill.

“Huh, for what,” Sotto said when asked if he will make a public apology in his plagiarized speech.

“There is no plagiarism,” he added.

Using his immunity under the 1987 Constitution, Sotto said that it is very clear in Article 6, Section 11 that any lawmaker are immune from suit for delivering any speech inside the session hall.

“It’s very clear under our Constitution kaya before they question a senator of the Philippine republic they should read first the Constitution, Article 6, Section 11,“ Sotto said.

Sotto added that until he received an official documentations or complaint from the Robert Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights based in the US, he will not act nor believe on it.

“No comment until I receive an official communications. Kayo ba may natanggap na? Wala, eh bakit niyo pinapatulan,” Sotto told media.

Sotto believed that someone or a group is attacking him to discredit his position on Reproductive Health bill.

“Matagal ko nang alam na pinepersonal ako, sa first speech ko pa lang. When we have the proper documentations, we will act on it,” Sotto.

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