I was browsing blogs on the internet when I bumped into Sarah Pope's blog "On Plagiarism, The Pill, and Presumptuousness". Blogger Sarah confirmed that Senator Tito Sotto totally copied her ideas word for word when he delivered the speech on the Senate floor Monday about how contraceptives affects unborn babies. The Senator even mentioned his own son 37 years ago as his example.
|Copy from Blogger Bong Mendoza|
Yes, it was a real teary-jerky speech, and I am almost convince with the sincere tone, but enough, he stole the idea from Sarah and did not recognize the blogger. The Senator's word during his interview with ABS-CBN, a news network in the Philippines goes like "Why would I quote the blogger? I was quoting Natasha McBride". Gosh! How did he have the guts to say that when he was really stealing Sarah's ideas word for word. Sarah used her own ideas on the blog and not from the book by a Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride.
|Blogger Sarah Pope whom words copied by Philippine Senator Tito Sotto|
Just this afternoon, I've read news that Atty. Hector A. Villacorta, he's lawyer, admitted that Senator's staff did copy from from a US-based blog, but he denied committing plagiarism. NO plagiarism, because blogs are not copyrighted. Well, that is correct, but being a man of honor - a Senator - we have to be careful not to practice the act of stealing!