Sen. Tito Sotto accused of plagiarism, at least one lengthy passage of his anti-RH Bill speech was copied word-for-word from U.S. blogger’s post

GMA News Online reports that at least one lengthy passage from Senator Tito Sotto’s anti-RH Bill speech "was lifted nearly word for word from the blog of Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist, a U.S.-based writer who also opposes vaccines for children and offers recipes for goodies like grain-free pumpkin cookies."

GMA News Online reports that at least one lengthy passage from Senator Tito Sotto’s anti-RH Bill speech "was lifted nearly word for word from the blog of Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist, a U.S.-based writer who also opposes vaccines for children and offers recipes for goodies like grain-free pumpkin cookies." The report pointed out "Sotto did not attribute any of his words or research to the blogger, whose disclaimer cautions that "the nutritional and other information on this website are not intended to be and do not constitute health care or medical advice."

 

GMA News Online presented "evidence" of plagiarism. Below is one of them

 

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."

 

Can you spot the difference?

 

So far, Sotto has not yet released a formal statement about the plagiarized passage. In any case, people may be wondering why he chose to quote a blogger rather than a living Pinoy doctor or a legitimate study to support his anti-RH Bill stance.

 

For more on this story, log on to GMA News Online.

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