Thin-skinned, plagiarizing Philippines Senator criminalizes "libel" with last minute stealth-attack on cybercrime bill


17 Responses to “Thin-skinned, plagiarizing Philippines Senator criminalizes "libel" with last minute stealth-attack on cybercrime bill”

  1. ldobe says:

    What a cowardly and harmful thing for him to do. Better not let him out in public, he might spontaneously combust if someone gives him a funny look

  2. Corruption in the Philippines is rampant, and this is very bad. The libel law seems to be a handy figleaf for all kinds of censorship. 

    However, I got a little stuck on the title. Filipino is spelled “Filipino”. If you want to be super PC, it’s “Pilipino”. I am of Filipina heritage myself. Cheers!

  3. 1. It’s “Filipino.”
    2. He’s done a lot more plagiarizing than that, stealing from an healthy lifestyles blog wholesale on his speech about the health dangers of birth control pills.
    3. He claimed the birth control pill “Diane” was responsible for the death of his son in 1975 despite the fact that Diane wasn’t put on the market until 1978 and wasn’t introduced to the Asian market until 1988.

  4. Ito Kagehisa says:

    I am fascinated to discover that in the Philippines, you can apparently be guilty of libel even if what you are saying is factually true.

    • ldobe says:

      The truth is an absolute defense to any claim of libel. This isn’t a real libel law. It’s simply an implementation of censorship and criminalized speech

      • Ito Kagehisa says:

        Did you read the legal definition of libel that the Philippine Senate had read out to them before the passage of the bill?  It’s in one of the linked articles.  It says real or imagined” accusations of crime, vices or defects are equally actionable, it just requires malice to be libel.

        I am used to your definition of libel, which requires knowingly misrepresenting the truth, but apparently that’s not the legal definition in the Philippine Islands.

    • ocker3 says:

       What, you mean exactly like in the UK??

  5. Axzar says:

    Traffic rules cannot even be enforced here. Nothing has changed.

  6. Jeiel Aranal says:

    The context of Sotto’s plagiarisms is in the Reproductive Health bill debates here in the Philippines. He has been denying Filipinos accessible reproductive health care and information on the back of plagiarized words, and on research that he takes out of context. At least two of his foreign sources have come out and spoken against his misuse of their work. He also keeps railing on and on about how the reproductive health bill is a work of foreign influence while he cites foreign works to try to debunk the RH bill. Go figure.

  7. He’s a senator who hasn’t got over his roots as a comedian.. Still waiting for the punchline.. We now have a new word “sinotto” (loosely: did a sotto, i.e. copy and paste, plagiarize and justify with silly reasons.) thanks to him.. I’m tempted to call him an @@@@@@@ but he might make me a victim of his internet libel stup@@@@@..

  8. Actually, there are other problematic and unconstitutional provisions in the Cybercrime Law. Repeal!!! Read this 2 other articles:

  9. Karen de Castro says:

    RH Bill – a decade and counting, and still under debate
    Cybercrime Law – approved in 8 freaking days.

    Please, tell me, what is wrong with this picture?

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