Why we should lynch Tito Sotto

Following his lachrymose delivery of an argumentum ad misericordiam speech as a turno en contra against the RH Bill, Senator Tito Sotto has since received a barrage of condemnations: apparently the sotto voce monologue of tears and dying babies involved excerpts taken from various blogs without proper acknowledgement. Instead of giving a mea culpa for the word-theft, the legislator cum drama actor and his chief of staff proceeded to floccinaucinihilipilificate the copy rights of bloggers, with Sotto decrying cyber bullying and classism. Various writers have since then attempted to castigate Sotto, Miguel Syjuco’s three articles (with one in the New York Times) being the most eloquent among them.

But I fear Sotto, with his “I’m masa ergo I don’t read” mentality and thinking he is above admonition, will invariably look past these intelligent critiques, ironically dismissing them as elitist fodder, and continue to let out bigotry from under his bigote.

And why should he stop when he has the assent of the people! Am I then saying that the Filipino people approve of plagiarism? Well, they tolerate it, which is just as good as approving it. There is visibly little coverage of Sotto’s violation of copyright law on TV, strange because I don’t know anything hotter a topic than a lawmaker breaking the law in the halls of Senate. Even the Senate President scoffs it off, saying what matters is substance (illegal logging, it seems, has been bad enough to destroy the poisoned tree doctrine). “It won’t change our lives if we worry about that,” the ordinary Filipino would say, forgetting how violently they probably ranted when Piolo and KC broke up.

In a country which frustrates reproductive health legislation on suspicion that “it will desecrate the sanctity of marriage” but admires a polygamist so much they nearly elected him president again, it’s not an easy thing to hope for sanity and consistency. The optimist in me says the current “tuwid the daan” movement won’t allow a thief to remain in Congress when it ousted a Chief Justice simply for not disclosing his SALN, but the part of me that knows better can at most only consider the possibility.

It is just a small consolation that our children have acquired our aversion to reading. If they were able to read about Sotto’s escapades in the papers, how can we tell them not to cheat in class? Oh, right, sinturon. Violence. Reason it seems has never worked in the Philippines, and the only way to get things right is to hurt people.

Lynch Tito Sotto Movement, anyone? That’ll be better TV material than his crying lady fit.


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