Sen. Tito Sotto’s staff admits that they copied from U.S. blogger Sarah Pope, who slams Sotto for "twisting" her words and using them

ABS-CBNNews.com reports that on Thursday (August 16) Senator Tito Sotto’s chief of staf, Atty. Hector Villacorta, "admitted that they copied the work of an American blogger in the lawmaker’s turno en contra speech on the reproductive health (RH) bill."

ABS-CBNNews.com reports that on Thursday (August 16) Senator Tito Sotto’s chief of staff, Atty. Hector Villacorta, "admitted that they copied the work of an American blogger in the lawmaker’s turno en contra speech on the reproductive health (RH) bill." The report quoted the message that Villacorta posed on the Facebook page of Sarah Pope: "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." Villacorta further covered up for Sotto by adding: "What have we done to deserve your incriminating words. The senator did not lift it himself, we did. Did you want us to tell him to admit what he did not do? Who would you like to crucify for this oversight?"

 

If Villacorta thought Pope would back down, then he must have been surprised when she gave as good as she got. According to the report, this was Pope’s response to Villacorta:

 

"That is the issue and it was indeed plagiarism. If his staff did it, he condoned it.  He is responsible for your actions.   My blog was quoted, not Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride. I put her work in my own words and you copied my words.

A woman needs to know that the Pill can indeed harm her but this is NO REASON to take away this choice from her in the first place.

I do not agree with Senator Sotto’s position on this issue and he twisted the message of my blog to suit his own purposes against the women of the Philippines.

Your lame comment does not make me feel any better."

 

Then, in a blog post, Pope called out Sotto after he denied copying her work. Pope wrote: "A thief is a thief, Mr. Senator. Denying it won’t get you off the hook.; it just makes you a lying thief."  Pope then addressed Pinays with this passage: "Women of the Philippines: I am terribly sorry my blog was used and twisted against you. You deserve the choice to use The Pill if you want or need to based on your particular circumstances. While I want you to know that this choice has health consequences, I in no way would ever condone taking this choice away from you!  Mabuhay!"

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For more on this story, log on to ABS-CBNNews.com and Sarah Pope’s blog.

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