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Plagiarism common practice, OK in Senate, says Sotto’s aide

I just read this article in the Inquirer about the plagiarism issue of Tito Sotto.

Suffice to say, it got my blood boiling. How stupid can these people be? Just because a blogger wrote it doesn't mean it's free for all. Just because someone took a photo doesn't mean someone can use it for free and make money out of it.

The worst part is, they said that it's common practice in the Senate so it's ok to copy.

Here's what Tito Sotto's chief of staff Hector Villacorta said,

“We plagiarized the US Constitution. All the amendments became our Bill of Rights. But do they call us a plagiaristic country? No, because the law is based on precedent,” Sotto’s chief of staff said.

“Even our Insurance Code is a plagiarized document. The proposed freedom of information bill is plagiarized. What’s more, the Senate and House (of Representatives) versions of the RH bill are very similar. So who is plagiarizing who?” he added.

Villacorta reminded everyone that “the Bible reached us today because the monks copied from the Greeks. Everything really started from a little copying.”


Really!? He's comparing the Bible to something written by an author/blogger? There is a difference between copying religious text in which consent was freely implied to spread the religion as opposed to writings of a blogger which writes for profit for her own benefit and has no intent to spread her work like religion unless she gets paid or recognized for it.

What's worst is he said that "Philippine laws do not have provisions that penalize anyone who freely lifts information from the Internet".

Well whoopty doo! I wish I knew that when I was in college, I would have just copied my reports word for word and passed it on as my own.

This is so freaking pathetic. First Gloria Arroyo's "I Am Sorry" speech which makes it ok to cheat, as long as you say sorry in the end. And now, it's ok to plagiarize because it's commonly done.

We should tell all our students to cheat and copy because there's no law against it.


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