Part 1. Blogger claims Senator Tito Sotto copied parts of his anti-RH Bill speech from U.S.-based blog

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A blogger identifying himself as Alfredo R. Melgar has claimed in a blog entry that Senator Tito Sotto copied parts of his “turno on en contra” speech from somebody else's blog that the senator did not give proper attribution to. Melgar's blog entry is titled "


Usap-usapan ngayon sa Internet na diumano’y kinopya ang ilang parte ng talumpati ni Senador Tito Sotto mula sa isang blog.

Ang tinutukoy na talumpati ay ang ibinigay ng senador laban sa mainit na usapin ng Reproductive Health Bill—RH Bill kung tawagin—sa senado, noong Lunes, Agosto 13.

Kilala si Senador Sotto bilang isa sa mga may matigas na posisyon laban sa RH Bill. Sa kanyang August 13 “turno en contra” speech sa Senado, mariin muling binatikos ng senador ang matagal nang pinagtatalunang RH Bill.

Bilang halimbawa ng kanyang argumento, ginamit ng senador ang personal niyang karanasan.

Ayon sa kanyang talumpati, ang paggamit ng contraceptive ang dahilan na ibinigay ng kanilang duktor kung bakit nagkaroon ng problema sa kalusugan ang unang anak na lalaki sana nila ng misis niyang si Helen Gamboa.

Isinilang ang kanilang anak, na pinangalanang Vincent Paul, na mahina ang puso at kinailangan ng blood transfusion araw-araw. Hindi naglaon ay pumanaw rin si Vincent Paul matapos ang limang buwan.

Sinabi pa ni Senador Sotto, "He was born but he never left the hospital. The Makati Medical Center said he died because my wife used contraceptives. Even her doctor admits to the fact, Dr. [Carmen] Enverga Santos."

PLAGIARISM? May ilang nakisimpatiya sa isinalaysay ni Senador Sotto. Sinabi nilang nakakatakot nga ang contraceptives para sa kalusugan. Marami rin ang nagsabing nakakatakot ang contraceptives para sa budhi.

Karamihan sa mga kampi sa senador ay mga saradong Katoliko na sumusunod sa turo at patakaran ng Simbahang Katoliko. Ayon sa huli, hinding-hindi nito mapapayagan ang RH Bill, bilang kasalanan daw ito sa Diyos.

Sa ibang banda, marami rin ang tumuligsa sa senador. Sinabi ng mga ito na bagamat nakikisimpatiya sila sa sinapit ng pamilya ng senador, wala namang scientific basis ang pagkonekta nito sa nangyari sa anak at sa contraceptives.

Ang mas mahalaga pang isyu, ayon sa kanila, ay ang katungkulan ng senador sa taong-bayan. Hindi raw tama na sa halip na kapakanan ng bayan ang maging basehan ng pagpu-posisyon nito sa RH Bill ay makitid na personal experience niya ang pinanggagalingan nito.

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Kung pagbabasehan daw kasi ang populasyon ng Pilipinas na palaki nang palaki, at ang numero ng mahihirap na palaki rin nang palaki, hindi raw makatarungang ipagbawal ang pagtuturo ng family planning, na kasama sa gustong mangyari ng RH Bill.

Ngayon ay mayroon namang nagsasabing may isa pang problema ang senador: ang naging emosyonal na talumpati nito laban sa RH bill ay tila may mga parteng ginaya sa isang U.S.-based blogger.

Ayon kay Alfredo R. Melgar, may-akda ng blog entry na “Sotto’s Reckless Method of Legislation is Inexcusable” sa website na filipinofreethinkers.org:

“His scientific proof was copied entirely and almost word-for-word from an article by a blogger calling herself ‘Sarah, the Healthy Home Economist.’”

Ipinakita sa blog ni Melgar ang pangalawa sa huling talata ng talumpati ni Senador Sotto.

Kapansin-pansing walang attribution ang senador sa anumang nasipi nito sa blog ng US-based na si "Sarah."

Idiniin din ni Melgar sa blog nito na hindi nabigyang pansin ni Senador Sotto ang disclaimer sa blog na pinagkopyahan:

“The information on this website is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to substitute for the advice provided by your doctor or other health care professional.

"You should not rely upon or follow the programs or techniques or use any of the products and services made available by or through the use of this website for decision making without obtaining the advice of a physician or other health care professional.

"The nutritional and other information on this website are not intended to be and do not constitute health care or medical advice. “

COMPARISON. Narito ang paghahambing sa talumpati ni Senador Sotto at sa blog ni Sarah, na inilabas ng GMA News sa website nila kagabi, Agosto 15.

1. Sotto’s speech (from second to last paragraph):

“According, to Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride MD, the use of the pill also causes severe gut dysbiosis. What is worse, drug induced gut imbalance is especially intractable and resistant to treatment either with probiotics or diet change.”

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Sarah’s blog:

“According, to Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride MD, use of other drugs such as the Pill also cause severe gut dybiosis. What’s worse, drug induced gut imbalance is especially intractable and resistant to treatment either with probiotics or diet change.”

2. Sotto’s speech:

“Gut imbalance brought on through use of the pill negatively impacts the ability to digest food and absorb nutrients. As a result, even if a woman eats spectacularly well during pregnancy, if she has been taking oral contraceptives for a period of time beforehand, it is highly likely that she and her baby are not reaping the full benefits of all this healthy food as the lack of beneficial flora in her gut preclude this from occurring.”

Sarah’s blog:

“Gut imbalance brought on through use of The Pill negatively impacts the ability to digest food and absorb nutrients. As a result, even if a women eats spectacularly well during pregnancy, if she has been taking oral contraceptives for a period of time beforehand, it is highly likely that she and her baby are not reaping the full benefits of all this healthy food as the lack of beneficial flora in her gut preclude this from occurring.”

3. Sotto’s speech:

“Pathogenic, opportunistic flora that take hold in the gut when the pill is used constantly produce toxic substances which are the by-products of their metabolism. These toxins leak into the woman’s bloodstream and they have the potential to cross the placenta. Therefore, gut dysbiosis exposes the fetus to toxin.”

Sarah’s blog:

“Pathogenic, opportunistic flora that take hold in the gut when The Pill is used constantly produce toxic substances which are the by-products of their metabolism. These toxins leak into the woman’s bloodstream and guess what, they have the potential to cross the placenta! Therefore, gut dysbiosis exposes the fetus to toxins.”

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4. Sotto’s speech:

“Not well known is also the fact that use of the pill depletes zinc in the body. Zinc is called 'the intelligence mineral' as it is intimately involved in mental development.”

Sarah’s blog:

“Not well known is the fact that use of The Pill depletes zinc in the body. Zinc is called 'the intelligence mineral' as it is intimately involved in mental development.”

Isusunod ng PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) ang sagot ni Senador Tito Sotto sa isyung ito. Lumabas ang senador ngayong umaga lang, Agosto 16, sa ANC, news cable channel ng ABS-CBN, upang linawin ang panig niya.


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