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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Pinoy Expats/OFW Blog Awards, Inc. (PEBA)'s Official Statement Against Senator Tito Sotto III’s demeaning expression about bloggers – “Bakit ko naman iko-quote ang blogger? Blogger lang iyon.”

Mr. Senator Tito Sotto III,

With regards to the subject of the Reproductive Health (RH) Bill being passed by the lawmakers –

The Pinoy Expats/OFW Blog Awards, Inc. (PEBA) believes that we live in a pluralist society where various groups have differing beliefs and convictions.

We believe that each one of us has the freedom to act or not to act according to what one believes in and that the church or the state should not compel or prevent the Filipinos to do something he believes in.

We believe the need to respect each individual blogger’s opinion to write, post, and act according to one’s belief on the issue and we do not, as a group, endorse or oppose the RH Bill.
We believe, it is right for us to support the principles of the bill that will serve the welfare of the nation, especially the poor women who cannot afford the escalating cost of medical services.

 As an association and network of bloggers that recognizes and honors the blogging works of Filipinos worldwide –
We believe in the right to freedom of speech as a human right.
We believe in the right to freedom of expression to receive and impart information.
We believe that blogging is an expression of one’s opinions, beliefs, personal experiences, hobbies, commentaries, diaries and we further believe that every blogger has the right to publish his personal expressions and opinions.
We believe that the exercise of these freedoms is not an absolute right but carries with it duties and responsibilities, that may be subject to restrictions or penalties on specific grounds as prescribed by law and are necessary in a democratic society, in the interests and protection of the reputation or rights of others.

With these beliefs –
We regard Senator Tito Sotto, III’s answer to Headstart  - ANC’s  interview as a discriminate, reckless, foolish, rash and irresponsible reply of one who is supposed to coax people into belief and following.
We regard his statement: “Bakit ko naman iko-quote ang blogger? Blogger lang iyon.  as a blatant mockery of bloggers worldwide.
We regard his statement to as one that lacks truth, full of ignorance, and inexcusable especially coming from a Senator.
We regard his statement as tactless and offensive, trying to make a lame excuse and to extricate himself from his plagiarism, at the expense of the bloggers.
We regard his statement as a clear display of arrogance, done in a distasteful manner with blind indifference and unjust condemnation of millions of bloggers worldwide.
We regard his statement to have overstepped the bounds of sensitivity and responsibility of a decent mind and an accountable and supposedly sensible Senator.

Therefore, we the Pinoy Expats/OFW Bloggers Award, Inc., together with the other Filipino bloggers and bloggers worldwide will not allow this kind of humiliation to pass without making a stand.
We strongly condemn this irresponsible statement of Senator Tito Sotto, III.
We consider Senator Tito Sotto, III as an Anti-Blogger persona.
We call on the Senate's Ethics & Privileges Committee to investigate on the allegation of plagiarism committed by Senator Tito Sotto, III in his privilege speech.
We demand a retraction and an apology from Senator Tito Sotto III for the alleged plagiarism, and for his irresponsible and demeaning statement about bloggers!


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