Thanks For The Tip, Tito!
Dear Tito Sotto,
You caught us. The real reason we can’t let this issue rest is because we are all pro-RH with no valid points to support our stand. The anti-RH had such solid arguments (and we had none) that we had to wait for someone from the anti-RH side to make a mistake so we can start our smear-campaign and ignore your other concerns.
Unfortunately, it was your plagiarism that we chose to focus on.
I know. It’s wrong for the online community to condemn you for it. You yourself have consulted with lawyers and experts to confirm that we cannot sue you for plagiarism. Therefore, you need not apologize. The same way GMA need not be ashamed of those expensive dinners in the US because we have no Anti-Expensive Dinner Act.
In retrospect, I should be thanking you instead. Your argument against the lack of laws concerning plagiarism is very useful. I must remember to use that if I decide to go back to school.
In return for that wonderful tip, I would like to warn you: your claim that you are the first government official to be “cyber-bullied” in the Philippines is wrong. This statement is an affront to the media who have worked so hard to be biased during Corona’s impeachment. This statement blatantly ignores the effort of Facebook and Twitter users who made jokes regarding GMA’s neck-brace and wheelchair
costume and spent nights photoshop-ing Mayor Lim and the DPWH officials.
Please relinquish your claim to being the first victim of cyber-bullying. I would hate for the internet to figure out you weren’t the first after all. You know how scary netizens can be.
A concerned citizen,
(PS I signed with my full name so you can read up all about me at this site called marymacapagal.com. See? Not everyone who hates plagiarism uses pseudonyms. Not everyone who hates plagiarism is pro-RH either. But you already knew that, right?)
(Edit: based on Wally’s comment that Tito Sotto was claiming dibs on first senator to experience cyber-bullying, here’s proof that Miriam has been putting up with it for a longer time. I also remember jokes about Tessie Oreta but that must have been back in the dial-up days. Thanks for the correction, Wally.)
(Related reading: A Plagiarist’s Rant Against Birth Control from the Opinion section of The New York Times)