Kennedy to Sotto: Acknowledge you plagiarized dad's words

from a report by Nadia Trinidad, ABS-CBN North America News Bureau chief

Posted at Nov 15 2012 11:20 AM | Updated as of Nov 16 2012 01:15 AM

MANILA, Philippines - The daughter of the late US Senator Robert Kennedy said the apology of Senator Vicente “Tito” Sotto III is not enough.

In an interview with ABS-CBN North America News Bureau, Kerry Kennedy said the apology, while befitting, lacked one important element. 

“All he had to do was acknowledge that these are Robert Kennedy's words.”

Kerry Kennedy earlier wrote Sotto a letter demanding an apology for the latter's use of the words of her father in his turno en contra speech on the controversial reproductive health (RH) bill. The letter went viral.

She said it was an “unethical, unsanctioned theft of Robert Kennedy's intellectual property.”

Sotto eventually said sorry, but added that "copying or imitation is the highest form of flattery. If it upsets the Kennedy family, I'm sorry. But that is not the intention that we have."

ABS-CBN sought Kennedy at the Human Rights Awards ceremony in Washington, DC on Wednesday. Before the news team could start to ask, she already said: “I can imagine what you wanna talk about…The senator who plagiarized my father's words.”

Sotto is now facing an ethics complaint before a committee at the upper chamber of Congress. Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, Sotto’s ally, insisted the Senate does not condone plagiarism.

Kerry said there also one important issue that bothered her. “The more important thing is the issue that he is talking about-I mean, using Robert Kennedy's words to stop women from having rights is really very twisted.”

Enrile and Sotto are both anti-RH bill.