Sotto apologizes to Kennedy family

Senate majority leader Tito Sotto apologized to the Kennedy family Tuesday for using in his anti-RH Bill speech portions of a speech of the late US senator Robert F. Kennedy.

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In September this year, a group of bloggers and writers accused Sotto of translating “without proper attribution” Kennedy’s Day of Affirmation speech delivered in South Africa in 1966.

In a privilege speech, Sotto admitted copying the words of Kennedy’s famous speech, but said “imitation is the highest form of flattery.”

“If it upsets the Kennedy family, then I’m sorry,” Sotto said.

Sotto maintained he only got the inspiring text from Christian leader Derek Ross of “True Love Waits” which he translated and delivered in Tagalog during his “Turno En Contra” to the RH Bill.

“I found it fitting to what I was fighting for so I didn’t steal it or claim it was mine,” Sotto said.

Kerry Kennedy, daughter of the late US senator, wrote a letter on November 9 urging Sotto 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.”

Despite saying sorry to the Kennedy clan, Sotto is confident that he did not commit plagiarism.