MANILA, Philippines -- Days after an ethics complaint was filed against Senator Vicente Sotto III for allegedly plagiarizing the works and speeches of several people in his speeches assailing the controversial Reproductive Health (RH) bill, a similar plagiarism complaint has been lodged against RH bill principal sponsor Senator Pia Cayetano.
In a 6-page complaint filed before the Senate Ethics and Privileges Committee on Wednesday, a certain Alberto Loquez Ong Jr. accused Cayetano of committing plagiarism twice.
Ong said parts of two of Cayetano's privilege speeches, one regarding the controversial measure, were not properly attributed to sources.
The complainant cited blogger Elisa Sangalang's claims that Cayetano's February 23, 2011 speech contained paragraphs that were copied from Health Undersecretary Mario Villaverde's speech in the National Health Sector Meeting on April 8 last year.
Sangalang also accused Cayetano of lifting words from the website of the United Nations Environment Programme for her privilege speech delivered on World Environment Day on June 6 this year without any attribution.
Ong said the senator violated the Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines. He also said Cayetano is guilty of improper conduct and abused her position both as a lawyer and senator.
Cayetano earlier claimed, however, that she properly cites the sources of the content of all her speeches.
A code of ethics for members of the Senate will soon be drafted, Senate Ethics and Privileges Committee Chairperson Senator Alan Peter Cayetano earlier said. -- Report from Ruby Tayag, dzMM