To Senator Vicente Castelo “Tito” Sotto III:
I am deeply disappointed with your recent actions in your fight against the passage and implementation of the RH Bill. Not only am I against your stand and belief, but I am also against with your recent actions, most specifically the plagiarism issue and the way that you and your staff have handled the issue. This message also goes to your staff.
You have indeed confirmed that you got your statements from the blog of Ms. Sarah Pope as she quoted Dr. Campbell-McBride. Yes, you indeed got the same quote from the same book; however, the fact is, if it were not for Ms. Pope’s blog, you would not be able to acquire such pertinent information for your personal consumption. If it were not for Ms. Pope quoting Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, you could never release those statements let alone know the existence of Dr. Campbell-McBride’s book.
The fact that you mentioned “Ba’t ko naman iko-quote yung blogger? Blogger lang yun. Ang kinu-quote ko, si Natasha Campbell-McBride.” is an offending part towards all bloggers in the world. We may be JUST bloggers, and we may not have acquired due copyrights and that our works are free for all to read, but we need due respect as well. Some of my readers are from educational institutions – teachers and students alike. They got some of my write-ups and used them in some of their speeches. What’s great about them is that they fully asked for my permission if they could use the write-ups, which I willingly approved. If these civilians could do such a simple thing, why couldn’t you? If it was you staff’s fault, then have the decency to tell them to do the same.
I also have some problems with the way you handled Ms. Pope as it seems you were not even grateful to her, and that you even aggressively invited her to join your cause. Although most of these problems arose due to the actions of your staff, but they answer to you. Having said that, you should be responsible for your staff.
It is also condescending to know that you have also used such information in a stand that is even against the blogger’s belief. Even Ms. Sarah Pope mentioned that she goes for the freedom of women to take the pill. It’s one thing that you have copied the information, but it is another thing when you use such information for a stand that even the source does not approve. Ms. Pope says:
“Women of the Philippines: I am terribly sorry my blog was used and twister 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 as does the decision to use any pharmaceutical drug. I in no way ever condone taking this choice away from you,
Furthermore, I sympathize for your wife’s miscarriage, but that transpired 37 years ago. 37 years have passed giving 37 years of advancement of technology. Please do eradicate the misconceptions that are in your head, and open your mind to what’s happening in the Philippines right now. Think of the marginal benefits that the RH Bill brings. Stop the nonsense that you’ve been continually saying and doing. It has really deteriorated your status as a senator.
Good Day to you, oh dear SENATOR.
UPDATE: It seems that you did not only copy from one blogger, but five bloggers as well as one briefing paper. Such act of hypocrisy is definitely something to be sorry about. HOW DESPICABLE
If you would like to see Ms. Sarah Pope’s blogpost about the recent controversy, feel free to click the link below. I’ll have you know that Ms. Pope found the comment of the senator’s chief of staff as lame. To be honest, it was very unapologetic of the chief of staff.