According to Cathy Yamsuan’s article on the Philippine Daily Inquirer, the senate majority leader sent the publication a text message containing a link to the Daily Mail UK website.
Once clicked, the URL reportedly directs the reader to a story by Daniel Bates alleging that JFK lifted an often quoted portion of his 1961 inaugural speech: “Ask not what the country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country” from George St. John, his “former headmaster at the Choate School in Connecticut.”
Read the full report on Yahoo! News Philippines.
Netizens immediately expressed outrage over Sotto’s purported finger-pointing at someone who’s dead.
A commenter that goes by the name of “Max” said: “This proves that he was not really sorry. But was blaming his source as another plagiarist. Pathetic.”
One “daiLou” added “He’s the kind of leader that makes it shameful to be a Filipino. Gggggrrrrrr. Nakakahiya sa buong mundo! He’s representing the people of the Philippines!”
“Millie” urged the senator to “shut up.”
“TITO SOTTO, PARA KANG BATA... ‘GINAWA KO PERO SIYA RIN O.’ Ay naku, sana mahiya ka naman, please, just shut up! Is anyone in your family sane enough to tell you to ‘just shut up’???” the netizen posted.
“Jerem” also gave an opinion, saying “What a fool Sotto really is. He can’t stop putting himself into deep trouble.”
Sotto has not issued an official statement on this new issue.
Earlier this week, Sotto apologized to the Kennedy family for using in his anti-RH Bill speech portions of the late US senator Robert F. Kennedy’s “Day of Affirmation” speech delivered in 1966.
The legislator said sorry after Kennedy’s daughter Kerry wrote a letter urging him to “apologize for his unethical, unsanctioned theft of Robert Kennedy’s intellectual property and the intellectual property of all those whose work he has plagiarized.”