As a teacher and writer, one of my biggest pet peeves is plagiarism. Good thing I don’t teach in Iskul Bukol and I am too young to be teacher of Tito Sotto, Eat Bulaga host and Philippine senator, who offers the following advice on how to copy the work of others and not feel bad about it even when caught.
Tip # 1. Insult the person you copied your work from:
“Why would I quote from a blogger? She is just a blogger.”
Tip # 2. Translate somebody’s work, word for word, paragraph by paragraph, into another language and claim that it is no longer plagiarism.
Plagiarism? “Impossible. It’s a good thought and better in Tagalog.”
and, oh, there’s one more:
Tip # 3. Get a really imaginative Chief of Staff like Hector Villacorta who would say:
“Copying is a common practice. The Bible reached us today because the monks copied from the Greeks. Everything really started from a little copying.”
And, drumroll please…
“Even our image was copied from God. We are all plagiarists.”
I can imagine Sotto saying, “Why would I quote from Robert Kennedy? He is just Robert Kennedy.”
UPDATE: Finally, if all these fail, pass a law criminalizing libel in the Internet, and send to jail all your cyber bashers.