Sen. Miriam Santiago on alleged "plagiarism" in the Senate: "But this is not the academe where plagiarism is a mortal sin"

Jing Castaneda of ABS-CBN News reports that "Senator Tito Sotto and his staff did not read the book by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride MD, whose arguments were allegedly used by the senator in his speech against the Reproductive Health Bill."

Jing Castaneda of ABS-CBN News reports that "Senator Tito Sotto and his staff did not read the book by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride MD, whose arguments were allegedly used by the senator in his speech against the Reproductive Health Bill." Sotto’s chief of staff, Atty. Hector Villacorta, revealed that "researchers in Sotto's office tried to download a copy of McBride's book but failed." As such, they resorted to "lifiting the text allegedly from McBride's book that was in the blog of American blogger Sarah Pope."

 

As expected Villacorta told ABS-CBN News: "Hindi naman alam ni senator na staff ko ang nagkamali (The senator didn’t know that it was my staff who made the mistake).  Researchers tried clicking the book but (it wouldn’t) download. Kaya ang pinakamaganda, refer to [the] blog dahil baka accurate naman So they thought the best thing to do was refer to the blog because maybe it’s accurate)."

 

In light of the revelation from Sen. Sotto’s camp, Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago was asked for her opinion about the issue. According to the report, Santiago quipped: "(The) speechwriter must have overlooked/forgot to include the word ’allegedly’.  But this is not the academe where plagiarism is a mortal sin.  We should give leeway in politics, as long as later on the source is acknowledged."

 

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