Original or not, Sotto’s speeches are protected by the Constitution, says Senate President Enrile

Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile has come to the defense of Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III, saying professors and bloggers who want to file an ethics case against Sotto for alleged plagiarism are "ignorant of Constitutional law."

Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile has come to the defense of Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III, saying professors and bloggers who want to file an ethics case against Sotto for alleged plagiarism are "ignorant of Constitutional law."

 

Rio Rose Ribaya of Yahoo! News reports Enrile said senators are protected by the Constitution. "We cannot be questioned for what we say inside this Chamber anywhere, not because we are a special breed but because that is the immunity given by the sovereign people so that we can speak on any subject under the sun," he said.

 

Sotto, meanwhile, refused to comment on the planned ethics complaint against him until it comes. "Until there’s an official word, I won’t say anything. This can be invented by invented by aficionados (or) manipulators on the Internet," he said in the Yahoo! report.  He said, however, that he has no plans to apologize to writers he allegedly copied parts of his speeches from.

 

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