Three US bloggers set to file plagiarism complaint vs Sen. Sotto
In separate emails to GMA News Online, all three bloggers said that their complaint will be filed before the Philippine Senate Ethics Committee, headed by Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano. However, no date was given for the filing.
"Neither Senator Sotto nor anyone associated with him requested permission to use our articles and blog entries, or contacted us or anyone associated with our publications," the complaint stated. "We find this misuse of our work to be deceptive, unethical, illegal and unacceptable."
A copy of the complaint was handed to Mike Caber, Sotto's media relations officer, prior to publication of this article, and the senator was asked if he was aware that the bloggers were filing a complaint against him.
But after viewing the document, Sotto and his staff questioned its authenticity, pointing out that it did not even have an official letterhead. They also pointed out that the complaint did not mention anything about laying the matter before the Senate Ethics Committee.
Syjuco vs. Sotto
- Robert F. Kennedy / Richard Goodwin (speechwriter), from RFK's Day of Affirmation Speech (See our story here)
- Marlon C. Ramirez of Writing for Talking Sense
- International Organizations Research Group/Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute in their paper, “Six More Problems With Women Deliver”
- “Truth About Contraceptives” blog
Bloggers confirm complaint to Senate
In separate emails to GMA News Online, all three bloggers confirmed the authenticity of the document and the intention to submit their complaint to the Senate.
"We are filing with the Senate Ethics Committee," Formichella underscored.
"(Our) complaint is to be filed with the Senate Ethics Committee," Sarah Pope also said.
"I am very hopeful that the Senate Ethics Committee will formally censure Senator Sotto and hold him accountable for his grievous actions for which he has no remorse. If something is not done, he will just continue to steal the work of others and continue to get away with it which sets a terrible example to the young people of the Philippines and makes the rest of the world consider the Philippine Senate a governmental body that is not to be taken seriously," she added.
"I stand by the signed statement released by Miguel Syjuco that will be filed with the Senate Ethics Committee of the Philippine Senate," Peter Engelman said in a separate email.
It was not immediately clear how and when the complaint would be filed with the Senate committee.
"I am sorry my blog was used and twisted against (Filipinas). 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!" she was quoted as saying.
Engelman on Gandhi
The latest blogger to speak out against the senator, Engelman, told GMA News Online via email: "Miguel Syjuco first brought this matter to my attention... I have not filed a complaint before."
Sotto’s August 16 Senate speech"While Sanger claimed she merely wanted to pay her respects and give a personal tribute to Gandhi, she coveted nothing less than his endorsement of the widespread use of artificial birth control methods. Gandhi firmly stood by his belief that the spiritual bonds of marriage are strengthened by sexual abstinence. He thus completely rejected Sanger’s plea for contraception as a tool to control population growth, fearing it would lead to an increase in non-procreative sex, which he viewed as immoral lust."Peter Engelman’s original"While Sanger claimed she mainly wanted to pay her respects and give a personal tribute to Gandhi, she coveted nothing less than his endorsement of birth control. Gandhi promoted the spiritual bonds of marriage, which, he argued, were strengthened by continence. He reluctantly agreed to consider sanctioning the safe period or rhythm method, but rejected Sanger’s plea for contraception to control population growth, fearing it would lead to an increase in non-procreative sex, which he viewed as immoral lust."