By Raïssa Robles
Minutes ago. Senator Vicente Sotto III denied to ABS-CBNNews anchor Karen Davila that he had plagiarized parts of Sarah’s blog, the healthyeconomist.com.
Sotto denied the charge this way:
Pareho kaming pinagkunan. I’m quoting Natasha Campbell McBride. Why should I quote a blogger?
The problem with that answer is this.
Alfredo Melgar on the blog Filipino Freethinkers found that Sotto stated in his speech:
“According, to Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride MD, the use of the pill also causes severe gut dysbiosis. What is worse, drug induced gut imbalance is especially intractable and resistant to treatment either with probiotics or diet change.”
Melgar noted that the same paragraph had appeared in Sarah’s blog:
“According, to Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride MD, use of other drugs such as the Pill also cause severe gut dybiosis. What’s worse, drug induced gut imbalance is especially intractable and resistant to treatment either with probiotics or diet change.”
Except for the addition of the word “the” and the spelling out of the contraction “what’s” in Sarah’s blog, Senator Sotto’s words are an exact duplicate of Sarah’s paragraph.
Senator Sotto and I are both English majors so he understands what I’m talking about.
If Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride was being directly quoted by Sotto, surely the doctor would not have written a paragraph that starts with the following words – According, to Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride MD…
Anyway you look at it, Sotto’s paragraph is a copy of Sarah’s paragraph.
I would like to invite readers to counter-check further his second speech as well as his other quotations that are similar to those on Sarah’s blog. Were these quoted from the blog or from Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride? Or did Sen. Sotto and Sarah quote from yet another source?
If more evidence turns up, perhaps citizens could file a formal complaint before the Senate Ethics Committee.
Sotto is after all a senior Senate official. He is the Senate Majority floor leader who has a big say on which bills reach the Senate floor.