UPDATE: Senator Sotto lifted from 5 bloggers and 1 briefing paper

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By Raïssa Robles

Yesterday, I wrote that Senator Vicente Sotto had copied from FIVE bloggers.

Last night, I was sent information that he copied as well from a briefing paper. The information came once more from Vincent D. Bautista.  Thank you, Vincent.

UPDATE as of 8:23 AM, August 17, 2012: 

In 2002, Senator Vicente Sotto vowed to push for tougher measures against film and music piracy.  He even delivered a privilege speech condemning the matter.  Is what he just did a form of piracy too?

Senator Sotto and his staff’s predilection for lifting verbatim without attribution has elicited much comment and reaction on the Web.

One commenter named Kiko wrote the following reaction:

Yikes, what an embarrassment for the Philippine Senate as an institution. How can you stand up in front of your peers and read off a paper whose sources you haven’t reviewed personally?

Kiko also sent what he called Sotto the plagiarist meme:

On the social networking site Facebook, someone passed on this poster to me -

This was before I learned that Sotto’s copy-and-paste approach to scholarship extended to briefing papers. Hindi lang pala bloggers.

This morning, someone posted this as well on Facebook:

Sotto copied from 5 bloggers plus a briefing paper

Sotto’s speech delivered August 16 Wednesday contained the following passage. Again, I have highlighted in red what was copied:

2.United Nations agencies are using UN resources to advocate their agenda on a local level in order to bypass cultural and religious resistance. Gamal Serour, president of the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO), reported that UNFPA has a program in 25 countries to lobby religious leaders into dropping objections to the agenda. These programs are aimed at “re-educating” religious leaders and convincing them to accept their population control programs.

He had lifted this verbatim from a briefing paper entitled ” Six More Problems with Women Deliver: Why Attempts to Redefine Maternal Health as Reproductive Health Threaten the World’s Women”: 

Problem #4: UN staff and NGOs target religious leaders and youth to undermine traditional culture and values.

UN agencies are using UN resources to advocate their agenda on a local level in order to bypass cultural and religious resistance. Gamal Serour, president of the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO), reported that UNFPA has a program in 25 countries to lobby religious leaders into dropping objections to the agenda. These programs are aimed at “re-educating” religious leaders and convincing them that family planning does not go against their religious values, especially when taken from a medical point of view.

The paper can be downloaded here.

So far, one blogger named Sarah has reacted to Senator Sotto’s copying from her blog, thehealthyhomeeconomist.com in a post entitled On Plagiarism, the Pill and Presumptuousness.   This time, Sarah has taken the trouble to protect her post. You can no longer simply copy and paste it. You have to screencap it like this:

Sarah called Sotto “esteemed”, but the picture that accompanied the post said what she really meant -

Picture directed at the esteemed Senator Vicente Sotto from Sarah’s blog, theheatlhyhomeeconomist.com

Senator’s chief-of-staff Hector Villacorta took the trouble to contact Sarah. Jojo Malig of ABS-CBNNews quoted Villacorta as telling Sarah -

“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?”

All I can say is – WOW.  Villacorta’s grudging tone says it all. It’s as if he’s saying it’s Sarah who should be grateful for the honor of having been quoted by a senator because she is a mere blogger.

To hear what Sen. Sotto himself said on the issue, click on this link -

Some commenters have asked me why I’m making such a big deal over this. Perhaps because as a writer I have tried to take the trouble to attribute sources and craft my words. When someone merely copies and pastes other people’s thoughts and passes them off as his,  he is taking all the credit for doing all that hard work.

That’s all.
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358 Responses to “UPDATE: Senator Sotto lifted from 5 bloggers and 1 briefing paper”

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  1. 108
    Rowena A. Burden, M.D. says:

    the “lying thief” has done it again… this time, he levelled up… the closing portion of his speech is the tagalog translation of a speech delivered by Robert F. Kennedy… it’s no longer copy-paste, it’s now copy-paste then google translate :-(

  2. 107
    Gene Simmowns says:

    Looks like we haven’t seen the last of the “good” senator.

    Here’s from rappler:

    “On Wednesday, August 29, Sotto delivered a privilege speech to defend himself from backlash after he failed to attribute passages in speeches against the Reproductive Health (RH) bill to American blogger Sarah Pope and other articles online.

    “Ako na yata ang kauna-unahang senador ng Pilipinas na naging biktima ng cyber-bullying,” lamented Sotto. (I am probably the first Philippine senator to be a victim of cyber-bullying.)

    Sotto added, “Ang iba pa’y may sinusulat na gusto daw ako kasuhan. Nais kong ipaalam sa kanila: walang krimen na plagiarism sa Pilipinas.” (Others write that they want to sue me. I want to inform them: there is no such crime as plagiarism in the Philippines.) ”

    http://www.rappler.com/nation/11405-sotto-blasts-critics,-backs-blogging-bill

  3. 106
    Brian says:

    We elect this clown to the Senate and then we wonder why he walks and talks the way he does? Honestly, we can continue to lambast, curse and mock Sotto (God knows he deserves it and more) but really, we have no one to blame but ourselves (the electorate)

  4. 105
    cocogas says:

    Sotto’s speech is full of deceit.

    Sotto’s speech contains:

    -text from 5 bloggers

    -misuse of Barbara Seaman’s Book see
    http://filipinofreethinkers.org/2012/08/24/how-senator-tito-sotto-misused-barbara-seamans-book/

    -Diane of Bayer Schering Pharma – mentioned by Sotto in his anti-RH
    bill speech last August 15 was introduced in 1978., but his wife Helen
    was taking it in 1975

    -Sottos speech contained this 1976 study:

    “In a cohort of 50,282 pregnancies, 19 children with cardiovascular
    defects were born to 1042 women who received female hormones during
    early pregnancy (18.2 per 1000). Among 49,240 children not exposed in
    utero to these agents there were 385 with cardiovascular malformations
    (7.8 per 1000). Six children with cardiovascular defects were born to
    a subgroup of 278 women who used oral contraceptives during early
    pregnancy (21.5 per 1000). After the data were controlled for a wide
    variety of potentially confounding factors by multivariate methods,
    the association between utero exposure to female hormones and
    cardiovascular birth defects was statistically significant”.
    (Source: Cardiovascular Birth Defects and Antenatal Exposure to Female
    Sex Hormones by Olli P. Heinonen, M.D., M.SC., Dennis Slone, M.D.,
    Richard R. Monson, M.D., Ernest B. Hook, M.D., and Samuel Shapiro,
    M.B., F.R.C.P.)

    But the above source was debunked by Wiseman and Dodds-Smith in 1984.

    The conclusions of Heinomen and associates10,11 were questioned.
    Wiseman and Dodds-Smith12 reevaluated original data from the US
    Collaborative Perinatal Project and found several shortcomings. First,
    a priori risk of anomalies were dissimilar between subjects and
    controls. In four of the 17 hormone-exposed cases, a previous
    pregnancy was characterized by a major malformation (ventral septal
    defect, Down syndrome with a cardiac defect, neonatal death with
    serious malformations, and a stillborn); only one case in a control
    group of 100 (selected from the 1023 who had a noncardiac malformation
    and were exposed to progestogens) had a previous history of a major
    anomaly. Thus, subject and control groups were not comparable. In
    addition, two infants with cardiac anomalies in the exposed group had
    Down syndrome; the cardiac anomaly was surely related not to drug
    exposure but rather to underlying trisomy. Timing of exposure was also
    implausible in many cases. Among the 19 progestogen-exposed infants
    with cardiac defects, four were exposed during the first lunar month,
    a period when anomalies are not ordinarily produced (all-or-none
    period); three other infants were exposed only in the fourth month,
    long after heart development is completed (42 embryonic or 56
    gestational days). Wiseman and Dodd-Smith12 concluded that no
    significant association between hormone use and cardiac anomalies
    existed in the US Collaborative Perinatal Project data.

    http://www.glowm.com/resources/glowm/cd/pages/v6/v6c037.html?SESSID=qv78t1mrbh4bjt60gdjpk18fh3

  5. 104
    Johnny Lin says:

    In a few months a contraceptive for men might come out of the market.

    It works before fertilization because it affects the physical properties of sperm, thus it should not interfere with catholic church stand on reproductive health

    How would the catholic church address this pill? Will they approve it for the benefit of their prodigal clergies? Will it be incorporated in the amended RH bill?

    What are the chances men would take them if given free by the government?

  6. 103
    Mel says:

    ‘Helen Gamboa’s doctor would’ve backed RH bill’

    ABS-CBNnews.com
    Posted at 08/23/2012 5:09 PM
    Updated as of 08/23/2012 10:51 PM

    MANILA, Philippines – It seems that advocates of the controversial Reproductive Health (RH) bill have scored another point.

    This time, it’s reportedly from the family of the late Dr. Carmen Enverga-Santos, who was the obstetrician of Helen Gamboa back when she and Senator Tito Sotto lost their five-month old son allegedly due to contraceptives.

    According to a report from local online magazine Spot.ph, Lea Enverga-Santos posted a formal statement on Facebook after the name of her late mother was dragged by Sotto into the RH bill debate.

    Spot.ph said it received permission from Santos’ daughter to publish the statement, which read: “As one of Dra. Carmen Enverga Santos’ children, [I must say] we were all surprised to hear her name brought up by Sen. Sotto during the deliberations on the RH bill.

    “Anyone who knew her, including her family, colleagues in the medical field, her medical students, friends, confessor as well as her patients, know that she would have supported the RH bill and would have openly expressed her support for the bill because of her concern for our country’s problems with overpopulation and its subsequent impact on poverty, quality of life issues, and the health of all mothers.”

    READ THE REST of the News article and letter image at: ‘Helen Gamboa’s doctor would’ve backed RH bill’

    - http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/lifestyle/08/23/12/%E2%80%98helen-gamboa%E2%80%99s-doctor-would%E2%80%99ve-backed-rh-bill%E2%80%99

  7. 102
    andrew lim says:

    LET’S INSULT SOTTO AND VILLACORTA THEN CLAIM IT CAME FROM THE PUBLIC DOMAIN

    I am thinking of doing this:

    Come out with a statement condemining Sotto and Villacorta’s excuses for plagiarism and then put all the cusswords, eptithets and insults known to man into it.

    Then if they cry foul and threaten me with libel, I will ask them to prove if those were indeed my words. I will tell them it came from the “public domain”. Dont we hear insults and curses from the street? So no one has a copyright on insults and curses.

    What do you think? :)

  8. 101
    Jun Brioso says:

    There is no truth to the rumor that Senator Tito Sotto–who rose to fame in the late 1970s via his and his two other colleagues’ (Vic Sotto’s and Joey de Leon’s) ingenuity of plagiarizing popular songs and recording them as their own, famously known as “TVJ’s Tough Hits” albums which generated platinum sales–is reprising his talent in the art of plagiarism, in his present work in the Philippine Senate. That is why he vehemently denies any truth to the charge that just because he was an expert in plagiarizing popular songs way back in the 1970s, he is plagiarizing other people’s work to effectively discharge his work as a Senator of the Republic. To the accusation by the US blogger that he is a “lying thief”, Senator Sotto says that had the accusation been made in the 1970s, well he might just admit it since the melodies between the popular songs and the songs that he (and Vic and Joey) recorded were the same, but in the present case, the work of the US blogger and his now infamous speech in the Senate are totally different–simply because the US blogger’s work and his speech (despite similarities in language) are not songs and have no melodies or tunes…;-)

    • 101.1
      anonymous says:

      Don’t forget Mars Ravelo. Remember, when Lastikman came out he was not even acknowledged, unlike the new version of Captain Barbell. (From the title itself, it says “Mars Ravelo’s Captain Barbell.) Siblings do share similar hobbies. :)

  9. Gene Simmowns says:

    Looks like we haven’t seen the last of the “good” senator.

    Here’s from rappler:

    “On Wednesday, August 29, Sotto delivered a privilege speech to defend himself from backlash after he failed to attribute passages in speeches against the Reproductive Health (RH) bill to American blogger Sarah Pope and other articles online.

    “Ako na yata ang kauna-unahang senador ng Pilipinas na naging biktima ng cyber-bullying,” lamented Sotto. (I am probably the first Philippine senator to be a victim of cyber-bullying.)

    Sotto added, “Ang iba pa’y may sinusulat na gusto daw ako kasuhan. Nais kong ipaalam sa kanila: walang krimen na plagiarism sa Pilipinas.” (Others write that they want to sue me. I want to inform them: there is no such crime as plagiarism in the Philippines.) ”

    http://www.rappler.com/nation/11405-sotto-blasts-critics,-backs-blogging-bill

  10. Brian says:

    We elect this clown to the Senate and then we wonder why he walks and talks the way he does? Honestly, we can continue to lambast, curse and mock Sotto (God knows he deserves it and more) but really, we have no one to blame but ourselves (the electorate)

  11. cocogas says:

    Sotto’s speech is full of deceit.

    Sotto’s speech contains:

    -text from 5 bloggers

    -misuse of Barbara Seaman’s Book see
    http://filipinofreethinkers.org/2012/08/24/how-senator-tito-sotto-misused-barbara-seamans-book/

    -Diane of Bayer Schering Pharma – mentioned by Sotto in his anti-RH
    bill speech last August 15 was introduced in 1978., but his wife Helen
    was taking it in 1975

    -Sottos speech contained this 1976 study:

    “In a cohort of 50,282 pregnancies, 19 children with cardiovascular
    defects were born to 1042 women who received female hormones during
    early pregnancy (18.2 per 1000). Among 49,240 children not exposed in
    utero to these agents there were 385 with cardiovascular malformations
    (7.8 per 1000). Six children with cardiovascular defects were born to
    a subgroup of 278 women who used oral contraceptives during early
    pregnancy (21.5 per 1000). After the data were controlled for a wide
    variety of potentially confounding factors by multivariate methods,
    the association between utero exposure to female hormones and
    cardiovascular birth defects was statistically significant”.
    (Source: Cardiovascular Birth Defects and Antenatal Exposure to Female
    Sex Hormones by Olli P. Heinonen, M.D., M.SC., Dennis Slone, M.D.,
    Richard R. Monson, M.D., Ernest B. Hook, M.D., and Samuel Shapiro,
    M.B., F.R.C.P.)

    But the above source was debunked by Wiseman and Dodds-Smith in 1984.

    The conclusions of Heinomen and associates10,11 were questioned.
    Wiseman and Dodds-Smith12 reevaluated original data from the US
    Collaborative Perinatal Project and found several shortcomings. First,
    a priori risk of anomalies were dissimilar between subjects and
    controls. In four of the 17 hormone-exposed cases, a previous
    pregnancy was characterized by a major malformation (ventral septal
    defect, Down syndrome with a cardiac defect, neonatal death with
    serious malformations, and a stillborn); only one case in a control
    group of 100 (selected from the 1023 who had a noncardiac malformation
    and were exposed to progestogens) had a previous history of a major
    anomaly. Thus, subject and control groups were not comparable. In
    addition, two infants with cardiac anomalies in the exposed group had
    Down syndrome; the cardiac anomaly was surely related not to drug
    exposure but rather to underlying trisomy. Timing of exposure was also
    implausible in many cases. Among the 19 progestogen-exposed infants
    with cardiac defects, four were exposed during the first lunar month,
    a period when anomalies are not ordinarily produced (all-or-none
    period); three other infants were exposed only in the fourth month,
    long after heart development is completed (42 embryonic or 56
    gestational days). Wiseman and Dodd-Smith12 concluded that no
    significant association between hormone use and cardiac anomalies
    existed in the US Collaborative Perinatal Project data.

    http://www.glowm.com/resources/glowm/cd/pages/v6/v6c037.html?SESSID=qv78t1mrbh4bjt60gdjpk18fh3

  12. Johnny Lin says:

    In a few months a contraceptive for men might come out of the market.

    It works before fertilization because it affects the physical properties of sperm, thus it should not interfere with catholic church stand on reproductive health

    How would the catholic church address this pill? Will they approve it for the benefit of their prodigal clergies? Will it be incorporated in the amended RH bill?

    What are the chances men would take them if given free by the government?

  13. Mel says:

    ‘Helen Gamboa’s doctor would’ve backed RH bill’

    ABS-CBNnews.com
    Posted at 08/23/2012 5:09 PM
    Updated as of 08/23/2012 10:51 PM

    MANILA, Philippines – It seems that advocates of the controversial Reproductive Health (RH) bill have scored another point.

    This time, it’s reportedly from the family of the late Dr. Carmen Enverga-Santos, who was the obstetrician of Helen Gamboa back when she and Senator Tito Sotto lost their five-month old son allegedly due to contraceptives.

    According to a report from local online magazine Spot.ph, Lea Enverga-Santos posted a formal statement on Facebook after the name of her late mother was dragged by Sotto into the RH bill debate.

    Spot.ph said it received permission from Santos’ daughter to publish the statement, which read: “As one of Dra. Carmen Enverga Santos’ children, [I must say] we were all surprised to hear her name brought up by Sen. Sotto during the deliberations on the RH bill.

    “Anyone who knew her, including her family, colleagues in the medical field, her medical students, friends, confessor as well as her patients, know that she would have supported the RH bill and would have openly expressed her support for the bill because of her concern for our country’s problems with overpopulation and its subsequent impact on poverty, quality of life issues, and the health of all mothers.”

    READ THE REST of the News article and letter image at: ‘Helen Gamboa’s doctor would’ve backed RH bill’

    - http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/lifestyle/08/23/12/%E2%80%98helen-gamboa%E2%80%99s-doctor-would%E2%80%99ve-backed-rh-bill%E2%80%99

  14. andrew lim says:

    LET’S INSULT SOTTO AND VILLACORTA THEN CLAIM IT CAME FROM THE PUBLIC DOMAIN

    I am thinking of doing this:

    Come out with a statement condemining Sotto and Villacorta’s excuses for plagiarism and then put all the cusswords, eptithets and insults known to man into it.

    Then if they cry foul and threaten me with libel, I will ask them to prove if those were indeed my words. I will tell them it came from the “public domain”. Dont we hear insults and curses from the street? So no one has a copyright on insults and curses.

    What do you think? :)

  15. Jun Brioso says:

    There is no truth to the rumor that Senator Tito Sotto–who rose to fame in the late 1970s via his and his two other colleagues’ (Vic Sotto’s and Joey de Leon’s) ingenuity of plagiarizing popular songs and recording them as their own, famously known as “TVJ’s Tough Hits” albums which generated platinum sales–is reprising his talent in the art of plagiarism, in his present work in the Philippine Senate. That is why he vehemently denies any truth to the charge that just because he was an expert in plagiarizing popular songs way back in the 1970s, he is plagiarizing other people’s work to effectively discharge his work as a Senator of the Republic. To the accusation by the US blogger that he is a “lying thief”, Senator Sotto says that had the accusation been made in the 1970s, well he might just admit it since the melodies between the popular songs and the songs that he (and Vic and Joey) recorded were the same, but in the present case, the work of the US blogger and his now infamous speech in the Senate are totally different–simply because the US blogger’s work and his speech (despite similarities in language) are not songs and have no melodies or tunes…;-)

    • anonymous says:

      Don’t forget Mars Ravelo. Remember, when Lastikman came out he was not even acknowledged, unlike the new version of Captain Barbell. (From the title itself, it says “Mars Ravelo’s Captain Barbell.) Siblings do share similar hobbies. :)

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