Filipino novelist Miguel Syjuco’s scathing commentary on Sen. Tito Sotto’s antics published in The New York Times, titled "A

Published on August 29, 2012 in The New York Times, Miguel Syjuco’s "A plagiarist’s rant against birth control" is a brilliantly written scathing commentary on the antics of Senator Tito Sotto.

Published on August 29, 2012 in The New York Times, Miguel Syjuco’s "A plagiarist’s rant against birth control" is a brilliantly written scathing commentary on the antics of Senator Tito Sotto. Syjuco, the author of the Man Asian Literary Prize-winning Ilustrado, opens with this passage (with original links included):


"While anatomically illiterate politicians in America babble about "legitimate rape," a Filipino legislator opposed to birth control has been shedding crocodile tears in Parliament and plagiarizing speeches to bolster the case against reproductive rights."

 

Syjuco then closes with these two spot-on passages:

 

"Indeed, Mr. Sotto continues his defiance. He has cast himself as "a victim of cyber-bullying" and backed a proposed law that aims to "regulate" blogs, as his supporters cheer his pluck against academics and intellectuals. He happily misrepresents research studies, avoids mentioning their outdated vintage and likens maternal mortality statistics to Nazi propaganda. He also refuses to explain how his wife's oral contraceptive killed their son in 1975, when that pill wasn't even on the market until 1978 and was released in Asia only in 1985.

But in the Philippines, the facts may never matter - especially when power and religion are involved. A speech cobbled off the Internet, speculation about a dead baby and a melodramatic crying fit in the Senate, sadly, ring true enough."

 

To read the full version of Miguel Syjuco’s commentary, log on to The New York Times website.

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