Sotto: Online critics can’t answer issues vs RH bill

MANILA, August 29, 2012–Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III on Wednesday hit back at his rabid online critics, saying they would rather do a demolition job on him than answer questions raised on the “reproductive health” (RH) bill.

Addressing claims he had plagiarized portions of his Aug. 13 turno en contra speech on the bill, Sotto pointed out he never claimed to be a medical expert. Sotto also said his speech contained blanket disclaimers that he had quoted from various sources.

“Ako yata ang kauna-unahang senador ng Pilipinas na naging biktima ng cyber-bullying. Mula sa blogs, Facebook, at Twitter, ginawa akong sentro ng mga mapanira at malisyosong atake ng iba’t ibang tao, lalo pa ng mga sumusuporta sa RH Bill. Bahagi siguro ito ng kanilang istratehiya, lalo pa’t may milyun-milyon silang pondo. ‘If you can’t kill the message, kill the messenger’. Mukhang ganito ang ginagawa ng aking mga detractors,” Sotto said in a privilege speech.

“Nakakapagtaka lang po na walang mga sagot akong nadinig sa aking mga punang ibinato laban sa RH Bill, tulad ng mga sumusunod: Na ang RH Bill ay labag sa ating saligang batas na nagtatakda ng proteksyon sa mga batang ‘di pa naipapanganak magmula sa pagkabuo o conception; Na ang RH Bill ay makasasama sa kalusugan ng mga babaeng buntis at sa mga magiging anak nila; Na ang RH Bill ay di na kailangan sapagka’t ginagawa na ito ng Department of Health; Na ang RH Bill ay malaking gastos para sa bayan sa halip na magamit ito sa mga paaralan, ospital at mga gamot; Na ang RH Bill ay di naaayon sa ating kultura,” he added.

“Para sa mga naninira at humuhusga sa akin sa Facebook, Twitter, blog at pati na rin sa diyaryo, ito po ang masasabi ko. Kahit mukha akong walang pinag-aralan kung ikukumpara sa mga pinag-aralan nila at hindi kasing dunong nila, ang mahalaga ay ang ipinaglalaban ko. Malinis po ang hangarin ko na ipaglaban ang sanktidad ng buhay. Naniniwala po ako na kahit kailanman, wala kahit isa sa atin ang may karapatan na ipagkait itong mundong ating ginagalawan. Ito po ay hindi sa atin.”

Sotto, who rose to fame as a comedian and television host, said he would rather be called a clown and entertain people, rather than be in the place of his critics who had called him names.

“To lay this matter to rest,” Sotto asked that the portion of his speech referring to the work of Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride on the connection between birth control pills and gut dysbiosis be stricken off the records of the Senate.

Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile spoke after Sotto’s privilege speech, proposing that the Senate craft a bill protecting bloggers from plagiarism.

“Marahil, ang dapat nating isipin, totoo ba, tama ba ang kanyang (Sotto) sinabi upang suportahan ‘yung kanyang paninindigan tungkol dito sa panukalang batas,” Enrile said.

Aside from Sotto, Sen. Pia Cayetano was also accused of plagiarizing certain portions of her speeches from online sources, but the senator, a co-sponsor of the RH bill, has denied it. (Dominic Francisco)

  • dboncan

    Hmmm deafening silence from all the critics!

  • http://www.facebook.com/smyslov1954 Joseph Perez

    Eh wala naman sila talagang sagot sa lahat eh. Ad Hominem and plagiarizing accusations pwede ba iyon?

  • melchor pablo jr

    bakit hindi yang mga pro rh ang gumamit ng kanilang gustong gamitin sa kanilang private life like ( pagtatalik) at ng kayo ang magkasakit,? tutal kaya nyo namang ipagamot ang sarili ninyo sa pamamagitan ng porciento na makukuha nyo sa contrceptives na yan? kung sabagay, wala na rin naman nga pala kayong conciencia.

  • Amihan

    It’s clear and sundry, iwas-pusoy at ayaw sagutin ng mga pro-RH ang mga core issues na inilatag ni Sen Sotto. Sagutin nio kasi ‘no? Pasinungalingan nio ang bintang na tumatanggap ang pro-RH ng lobby money sa Abortion funders, na masama sa ina at sanggol sa sinapupunan ang “contraceptives” niong “abortifacient”; na labag sa Constitution ang RH Bill lalo pa’t there are foreign entities behind RHBill push in legislation. Baka may mga traydor sa Republika ng Pilipinas na nasa likod ng RH Bill? Isipin nio, may pagkakahawig at kinopya (plagirism ba ‘kanio?) ang mahahalagang laman ng RH Bill sa Natl Security Memorandum (NSM 200) ng US, UN Population Fund at Intl Planned Parenthood population program. Naku ha, paki isplika nga Sen Pia, Cong Lagman, Akbayan, Gabriela at mga katotong pro-RH legislators!!! n

  • nelly fajardo

    Thank you, Senator Sotto… with your dauntless heart and love for the Filipino people… Someone in Heaven smiles at you… you’ve done a great job! This is a legacy that we have to remember… for the next generation. May your day be filled with bountiful blessings from above!

  • sunnyday1898

    Till now I haven’t read anything addressing the issues the senator brought up in his turno en contra. The plagiarism issue looks like a convenient smokescreen.n

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NV25ZPWMBDYFXEYR3AWQ43ZS5E Hein S

    The LTING THIEF just keeps on Yapping.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NV25ZPWMBDYFXEYR3AWQ43ZS5E Hein S

    Top Italian Cardinal Carlo Martini stated: Catholic Church was u201c200 years out of dateu201d

    • dknight_98

      That’s what Hitler said too in 1936.

    • xuanxuen

      ever bother hearing what your own FILIPINO archbishop says … Say Archbishop Luis antonio tagle

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NV25ZPWMBDYFXEYR3AWQ43ZS5E Hein S

    Sotto claimed that the contraceptive Diane killed his son in 1975. It was actually released to the market in 1978.nnnLYING THIEF is making up stories.

    • dknight_98

      Diane had many iterations and many names depending on the market. It was released a decade earlier. Do your research.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/NV25ZPWMBDYFXEYR3AWQ43ZS5E Hein S

        Thou Shall Not LIE and Thou Shall Not Bear False Witness.nnDiane was released in 1978 as stated by the Bayer website.

  • Marlito

    May the gracious Lord, protect & guide Sen. Sotto in our fight against this ungodly bill. God bless the Philippines.

  • aysyabahalana

    lahat kasi ng mga un-attributed “research” nya ay galing sa mga Pro-RH bill research…so ibig sabihin ndi fully founded ang arguments nya

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