Part 5. Three more blog sites allegedly plagiarized by Senator Tito Sotto

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Canada-based Filipino novelist Miguel Syjuco (not in photo) found three blogs which he claimed were also plagiarized by Senator Tito Sotto (in photo) for the second part of the latter's Senate speech against the RH Bill earlier this week.


Katatapos lang magbigay ng paliwanag ni Atty. Hector Villacorta, chief of staff ni Senator Vicente "Tito" Sotto III, sa U.S.-based blogger na nagsasabing kinopya ng senador ang isa niyang blog post.

Hindi pa humuhupa ang gulat at dismaya ng mga netizens sa ganitong balita, ngayon naman ay tatlo pang blogs ang lumalabas na kinopya rin umano ng senador para sa speech nito laban sa Reproductive Health Bill na pinagde-debatehan ngayon sa Senado.

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Ayon sa ulat ng Interaksyon, na lumabas ngayong Biyernes, Agosto 17, sinabi ng award-winning novelist na si Miguel Syjuco na guilty si Senator Sotto sa pangongopya ng tatlo pang blogs.

Sa personal account niya sa Facebook, binanggit ng Canada-based Filipino novelist ang tatlong blogs na umano’y pinagkopyahan ni Senator Sotto ng ilang parte ng kanyang ikalawang speech sa Senado.

“I've gone just through Tito Sotto's second speech and discovered he lifted, verbatim, from three sources easily found online,” sabi ni Syjuco.

Sa kanyang sumunod na post, nagpasalamat siya sa kapwa blogger na si Raissa Robles, isang Filipina journalist, at sa online community na tumulong sa kanya sa pag-check.

Sinabi rin ni Syjuco: “I found three instances of verbatim plagiarism. And all I had to do was plug in the English chunks of his speech into Google.”

Narito ang paghahambing sa ikalawang talumpati ni Senator Sotto sa tatlo pang blog na nahanap ni Syjuco.

1. Senator Sotto’s speech:


“Sanger was so intent on reducing family size that she seemed to not stop even at abortion. Many believe that under the right circumstances, Sanger would have condoned infanticide. Indeed she wrote in her book Woman and the New Race: ‘The most merciful thing that a large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it.’

“This comes from the woman who formed the philosophical base for IPPF.

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“But there was even a darker side to Margaret Sanger: a side that IPPF people try to cover up or explain away. That was her belief in ‘eugenics.’ Eugenics is defined as ‘the application of the laws of hereditary to physical and mental improvement, especially of the human race.’”

“Re-imaging Life and Family: The Global Scandal” by Marlon Ramirez on talkingsense.multiply.com, September 2008:

“…Sanger was so intent on reducing family size that she seemed to not stop even at abortion. Many believe that, under the right circumstances, Sanger would have condoned infanticide. Indeed, she wrote in her book Woman And the New Race: ‘The most merciful thing that the large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it.’ This comes from the woman who formed the philosophical base for Planned Parenthood. You can also see that her interest in birth control was not just due to some humane concern for health of women (which birth control doesn’t help anyway), but was driven in part by her desire to encourage women to engage in sex without having children.

“But there was another side of Margaret Sanger; a side that Planned Parenthood people try to cover up or explain away. That was her belief in eugenics. Eugenics is defined as ‘the application of the laws of heredity to physical and mental improvement, especially of the human race.’ To Sanger this meant the systematic elimination (through birth control, including abortion) of all those people she and her cohorts considered to be of ‘dysgenic stock’ in order to create a race of superior intellectuals.”

2. Senator Sotto’s speech:


“The two activists met in December of 1936 when Sanger traveled to India to speak with Gandhi about birth control, population and the plight of women in India. At that time, Sanger staunchly advocated the global use of artificial contraceptives and, in order to make the acceptance of such contraceptives easier to the Indian populace, sought to make Gandhi an ally. While Sanger claimed she merely wanted to pay her respects and give a personal tribute to Gandhi, she coveted nothing less than his endorsement of the widespread use of artificial birth control methods. Gandhi firmly stood by his belief that the spiritual bonds of marriage are strengthened by sexual abstinence. He thus completely rejected Sanger's plea for contraception as a tool to control population growth, fearing it would lead to an increase in non-procreative sex, which he viewed as immoral lust.

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“Despite the fact that the movement was gaining popularity in a society with a serious poverty crisis, Gandhi was an outspoken critic of artificial birth control. His general attitude was that

‘Persons who use contraceptives will never learn the value of self-restraint. They will not need it. Self-indulgence with contraceptives may prevent the coming of children but will sap the vitality of both men and women, perhaps more of men than of women. It is unmanly to refuse battle with the devil.’

“Gandhi’s birth control of choice” by Janice Formichella on feministsforchoice.com, February 5, 2010:

"The two activists met in December of 1936 when Sanger traveled to India to speak with Gandhi about birth control, population and the plight of women in India. At that time, Sanger staunchly advocated the global use of artificial contraceptives and, in order to make the acceptance of such contraceptives easier to the Indian populace, sought to make Gandhi an ally.


“Despite the fact that the movement was gaining popularity in a society with a serious poverty crisis, Gandhi was an outspoken critic of artificial birth control. His general attitude was that ‘Persons who use contraceptives will never learn the value of self-restraint. They will not need it. Self-indulgence with contraceptives may prevent the coming of children but will sap the vitality of both men and women, perhaps more of men than of women. It is unmanly to refuse battle with the devil.’”

3. Senator Sotto’s speech:

“In fact, in a study undertaken by Raymond Pearl, a John Hopkins professor and noted authority on this matter, wrote: ‘Those who practice contraception as part of their sex life, by their own admission, resort to criminally induced abortions about three times as often proportionately as do their comparable non-contraceptor contemporaries.’

“Also in a report prepared for the Royal Commission on Population in Great Britain found that the incidence of induced abortion as a percentage of all pregnancies was nine times higher for women using contraceptives than for women not using birth control.”

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“Case Study: The Use of Contraceptives Lowers the Number of Abortions” from the blog called The Truth of Contraceptives, 2010

“-In 1939, Raymond Pearl, a Johns Hopkins professor and noted authority, wrote: ‘Those who practice contraception as part of their sex life, by their own admission, resort to criminally induced abortions about three times as often propotionately as do their comparable non-contraceptor contemporaries.’

“-In Great Britain, in 1949, a report prepared for the Royal Commission on Population found that the incidence of induced abortion as a percentage of all pregnancies was nine times higher for women using contraceptives than for women not using birth control.”

FIRST ANTI-RH BILL SPEECH ALSO PLAGIARIZED. Noong Miyerkules, Agosto 15, unang lumabas ang balitang nag-plagiarize si Senator Sotto mula sa blog na The Healthy Home Economist ng U.S.-based blogger na si Sarah Pope.

Ito ay para sa unang anti-RH Bill speech ni Senator Sotto sa Senado.

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Pero sa panayam sa kanya sa programang Headstart sa ANC kahapon, Agosto 16, iginiit ni Senator Sotto na wala siyang pini- plagiarize na anumang blog.

Sa halip, ang depensa niya, “Ba’t ko naman iko-quote yung blogger? Blogger lang yun. Ang kinu-quote ko, si Natasha Campbell-McBride.”

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Kahapon din ay nagbigay ng reaksiyon si Sarah sa kanyang Facebook, matapos nitong mabalitaan ang pangongopya ng Filipino senator sa kanyang blog.

Aniya, “A Senator in the Philippines plagiarized one of my blog posts to use in a speech. Can't even believe this!!!”

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Ilang oras ang nakalipas, nag-post naman ng "comment" ang chief of staff ni Senator Sotto, na si Atty. Villacorta, sa Facebook ni Sarah Pope.

Nakasulat duon ang paliwanag na ito ni Atty. Villacorta:

“I understand you felt slighted that your blog was not attributed to you which became part of the speech of the senator. let me say that after asking my staff, indeed, your blog was used but only in quoting also from the same book of dr campbell-mcbride.

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"we are both indebted to the book's author but if you wish that you also be credited with the contents of the book, let this be your affirmation.

“I can do it and by this message, I am doing it. hope it satisfies you. but if it does not, what would you want us to do?

"what have we done to deserve your incriminating words. the senator did not lift it himself, we did.”

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Si Senator Sotto ay miyembro ng Nationalist People's Coalition. Siya rin ang kasalukuyang Senate Majority Floor Leader ng Pilipinas.


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