Politics is a very sensitive issue for me. Not because my father wanted me to be a politician, neither because I am related to a presidential candidate last elections. Politics is something that no one should take the way he would take a class lecture in Literature, and yet it shouldn’t be glued to the stillness of a Law class. Politics indeed is a subject that only open-minded people should be involved. Because I believe that Politics doesn’t necessarily count an individual’s idea as it is, but rather looks at how the person can justify his point.
It intrigued me when one of our senators was accused of plagiarizing a foreign blogger’s argument. The point of debate itself, the Reproductive Health Bill, is a sensational one and requires flawless statements to deliver both sides’ points effectively. However, the senator involved seemed to have forsaken credibility for quality, causing the flamed plagiarism issue.
Honestly, my ego as a Filipino was hurt when the blogger said that the Senator stole her words. The instinct to defend him surfaced, but as it was proven by a number of journalists that the fault was really committed, this urge was silenced. I would have done my famous let-go-move-on move, but when this Senator reacted to the issue and spat “Blogger LANG yon (She was ONLY a blogger)”, I automatically wanted to burn him. To use the word ONLY to refer to someone (except for romantic stories) signifies an unspoken negative comparison, and this time he went big time with it. Those words came as an insult not only to me, but also to fellow bloggers and virtual free thinkers. My conclusion based on those words: a blogger’s words cannot be trusted, has the least value compared to other opinionated people, worthless, nonsense and a total waste of time. Those words were rude. Harsh. And can only be eased by a sincere apology. But guess what, he even denied the act (of plagiarizing). What the four-letter-word-that-rhymes-with-duck!
Bloggers react to Sotto’s Plagiarized Speech (c) Storify @ http://storify.com/abscbnnews/bloggers-react-to-sotto-s-plagiarized-speech?utm_source=embed_header
Early on today, this senator delivered a privilege speech. In a jist, he was saying that the plagiarism “alibi” was sharing the RH Bill’s limelight, and was a move to sway him from his arguments. He even said that his detractors are faceless and that “we” (the mass) don’t know “them” (the detractors) and that they are only meant to catch attention, while “we” know his whole life. I wanted to strangle him and say that those faceless detractors are US, the concerned “worthless” citizens — the involved Filipinos. For him to say that is like a student reasoning out why he was late for school. As we put it in Filipino, “Huli man at magaling, bastos pa rin.” A lot of eyebrows were raised with that statement, and almost everyone I was following on Twitter went mad. He even went on saying that he was the first senator ever that was cyberbullied. Puhlease! What do you want us to do, write that down in the Philippine History? Couldn’t he just cut the drama and say something sensible? It’s evident that he would rather look up thrice at the dictionary rather than admit he did something wrong and sincerely say sorry. Pain in the remove-the-p-in-pass he is!