Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile says Senate doesn’t condone plagiarism, but asks people not to "prejudge" Sen. Tito Sotto because he deserves &

Parliamentary immunity is not absolute, Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile says, adding senators can be held accountable for the words and actions, but only by the Senate itself.

Parliamentary immunity is not absolute, Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile says, adding senators can be held accountable for the words and actions, but only by the Senate itself.

 

Ryan Chua of ABS-CBN News reports Enrile gave a privilege speech Wednesday on an ethics complaint filed against Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III over alleged plagiarism. "If there is anyone of us wittingly or unwittingly who commits this act, then I’m sure that that member would be man enough or honorable enough to stand up and answer for it," he said.

 

He said, however, that Sotto should be given due process. "The law cannot condemn without any hearing. Otherwise, this will not be a government of laws, this will be a government of men. If there’s any plagiarism committed by any member of this house, let the proper sanctions be imposed after the ethics committee shall have rendered a judgment," he said.

 

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