Two tips on how to plagiarize and (try to) get away with it

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.”

From the Filipino Freethinkers Facebook page

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.

Author: Herdy La. Yumul

A hesitant academic pimp, writer

6 thoughts on “Two tips on how to plagiarize and (try to) get away with it”

  1. wow thats interesting..i think plagiarism is plagiarism no matter how you slice it or translate it to any language..or any shape or form..thanks for sharing herdy.

  2. Ang galing magrason para lamang isalba at maipakitang okey lang yung ginawa ni Sen. Sotto, wow Chief of Staff like Hector Villacorta ! hula ko, magkakampi kayo?

  3. Habang tumatagal, mas nahahalata na ang ginagawang deception ng mga PRO RH. Gaano naman kaya kalaki ang budget ng demolition team nila sa mga taong lumalaban sa RH Bill. Ang strategy kasi nila “Kill anyone who gets in the way” Ingat din mga kaibigan baka kayo na ang sunod na siraan nila.

  4. And this is supposed to be a worthy news item? There are too many important news in the country but you highlighted this? You are another journalist under the payroll of PRO-RH PR Campaign. Shame on you!

  5. I hope the write will take caution in using her column not for the gain of one party alone but for fair journalism and most of all nation building.

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