Plagiarized statements to support an unjust decision

Reeling from the SC's triple whammy

It was a heart-rending scene.

Seventeen grandmothers, in the sunset of their lives, staged a rally Monday before the Supreme Court protesting the plagiarism in the decision that denied them remedy for the wartime savagery they suffered.

Their counsel, CenterLaw’s Harry Roque, call the April 28, 2010 decision, the ”third siege of Mapanique”

The first siege was 66 years ago. In his blog, Roque narrated the horror that descended on Mapanique one day in November 1944:

“At dawn of November 23, 1944, Japanese troops descended on the town of Mapanique, Candaba, Pampanga. To the shock of the local inhabitants, Japanese troops gathered all the men and boys and proceeded to castrate many of them. After which, the men were forced to put their severed sexual organs in their mouths before they were burned to death en masse.

“The women and girls, on the other hand, were marched to what is known until today as ‘Bahay na Pula’ (red house) in San Ildenfonso, Bulacan. There, the women and girls were interred and repeatedly raped.

“The magnitude of the Japanese cruelty witnessed by the remote town of Mapanique was because the town was known to be hotbed of resistance to Japanese rule. It was in Central Luzon where the guerilla movement, HUKBALAHAP, was formed only months before he siege of Mapanique. One of its most respected leaders was a woman, Commander Dayang Dayang, who was herself a native of Mapanique.

“This, plus the desperation of the Japanese troops who already knew that they had lost the war, would explain the unparalleled cruelty that accompanied the war crimes committed by the Japanese troops against the civilian population of the town.”

84-year old Lola Estrella Adriatico

Roque said inspired by the revelations of South Korean women who publicly admitted that they were victims of the Japanese comfort women system, about 60 victims of rape and other war crimes from Mapanique formed the group known as Malaya Lola’s, or liberated grandmothers.

They filed a reparations suits in Japan. It was dismissed by Japanese courts saying that the Philippine government must sponsor their claims. Thus in 2004, the Malaya Lolas filed suit in the Philippine Supreme Court to compel the Philippine government to espouse, or sponsor their claims for compensation from the Japanese government.

Last April 28, the High Court in a decision penned by Mariano C. del Castillo said the Court greatly sympathized with the cause of petitioners but “ Regrettably, it is not within our power to order the Executive Department to take up the petitioners’ cause. Ours is only the power to urge and exhort the Executive Department to take up petitioners’ cause.”

The Court upheld the position of the Executive Department that the Malaya Lola’s claims “were dealt with in the San Francisco Peace Treaty of 1951 and the bilateral Reparations Agreement of 1956.”


In a supplemental motion for reconsideration filed Monday
, Roque reiterated the stand of the Lolas that their claims could not have been a Legal subject of the treaty of peace as these are not private claims”but are in fact claims arising from war crimes and jus Cogens norms subject to erga omnes obligations under International law. “

“As such,” Roque said, the claims raised by petitioners against the state of Japan is as well the interest of the international community as a whole under the law of the state responsibility.”

As expected the spineless Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto Romulo argued that “The Executive Department has determined that taking up petitioners’ cause would be inimical to our country’s foreign policy interests, and could disrupt our relations with Japan, thereby creating serious implications for stability in this region. “

Roque disputed that saying a number of states, including the United States, have espoused the claims of their abused women.

The decision not to take up the cudgels for abused Filipino women was bad enough.Roque however something as revolting which was what he referred as the “third siege of Mapanique.”

Roque found a number of provisions cited by del Castillo and concurred in by nine justices including then Chief justice Reynato Puno and now Chief Justice Renato Corona lifted verbatim from other articles without any attribution.

“This is a triple whammy.They were denied legal remedy using sources that were plagiarized and twisted to support an unjust decision,” he said.

One of the quotes cited by Roque as having been plagiarized by Del Castillo was from an article “A Fiduciary Theory of Jus Cogens” by Ivan Criddle and Evan Fox-Descent that appeared in the Yale Journal of International Law. Page 331 of the article stated, “ In international law, the term “jus cogens” (literally, “compelling law”) refers to norms that command peremptory authority, superseding conflicting treaties and custom.”

The same exact quote, including parentheses and comma appeared on pages 30 and 31 of Del Castillo’s judgment without any attribution.
Another source of Del Castillo’s plagiarism, Roque said, was an article written by Mark Ellis on the subject for Case Western Reserve Journal of International Law in 2006.

Roque cited a sentence on page 227 of Ellis article: “The concept of rape as an international crime is relatively new.” That ‘s the first sentence of Del Castillo’s footnote 65 without any attribution.

Roque said not only did Del Castillo plagiarize.” In this controversy, the evidence bears out the fact not only of extensive plagiarism but also of twisting the true intents of the plagiarized sources by the ponencia to suit the arguments of the assailed Judgment.”

He also used without attribution portions of an article “Enforcing Erga Omnes Obligations in International Law” by Christian Tams, published in 2005.

SC spokesman Midas Marquez said Del Castillo denies allegations of plagiarism saying “he made the proper attributions and citations in the April 28, 2010 decision on comfort women.”

Roque said: “Res ipsa loquitor. The thing speaks for itself.”

Meanwhile, the Malaya Lolas, who originally numbered 60, are now reduced to less than 20. It is their prayer that they obtain justice before they join their ‘sisters’ who have moved on.

Photo caption:

From left: Estella Adriatico, Virginia Villarma, Narcisa Claveria, Carmencita Rivera (sideway), Estelita Ty, Pilar Floridela, Remedios Dialinao

July 21, 2010 12:29 am  Tags:   Posted in: Human Rights, Malaya

66 Responses

  1. Ellen - July 21, 2010 12:42 am

    Prof Criddle, the author of one of the articles plagiarized by Justice del Castillo, confirmed the misuse of his article.

    He made the remark in a lawyer’s blog. http://opiniojuris.org/2010/07/19/international-law-plagiarism-charge-bedevils-philippines-supreme-court-justice/

    Criddle’s comment:

    The newspaper’s plagiarism claims are based on a motion for reconsideration filed yesterday with the Philippine Supreme Court yesterday. The motion is available here: http://harryroque.com/2010/07/18/supplemental-motion-alleging-plagiarism-in-the-supreme-court/

    The motion suggests that the Court’s decision contains thirty-four sentences and citations that are identical to sentences and citations in my 2009 YJIL article (co-authored with Evan Fox-Decent). Professor Fox-Decent and I were unaware of the petitioners’ plagarism allegations until after the motion was filed today.

    Speaking for myself, the most troubling aspect of the court’s jus cogens discussion is that it implies that the prohibitions against crimes against humanity, sexual slavery, and torture are not jus cogens norms. Our article emphatically asserts the opposite.

    The Supreme Court’s decision is available here: http://sc.judiciary.gov.ph/jurisprudence/2010/april2010/162230.htm

  2. baycas2 - July 21, 2010 1:57 am

    tsk, tsk, tsk…

  3. Reyna Elena - July 21, 2010 2:05 am

    the news said: “without properly attributing these to the authors.” ok. so yon naman pala eh. he just forgot to acknowledge the authors. simple enough, he could easily issue a public apology and send letters to the aggrieved party di ba? that should end the story, reputations intact.

    but if you continue reading it says further that: “Del Castillo plagiarized 31 parts of Criddle and Fox-Descent’s article; 24 of Ellis’s; and 4 of Tams’s.”

    Ok. Now wait. If you forget to acknowledge 1 article is ok. 2 is forgivable. 3 is leche somosobra ka na ha?!

    But 31? 24? and 4? Hindi lang sya somosobra, inangkin na nya! HAHAHA! Feeling sya ha?! Feeling!!!

  4. The Yellow Bachelor - July 21, 2010 3:38 am

    As expected the spineless Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto Romulo argued that “The Executive Department has determined that taking up petitioners’ cause would be inimical to our country’s foreign policy interests, and could disrupt our relations with Japan, thereby creating serious implications for stability in this region.

    The man is utterly devoid of spine and balls — your typical worm.

    “Inimical to ur country’s foreign policy interest”? “Creating serious implications for stability in this region”?

    The man’s babbles are gobsmacking in the extreme it makes me want to throw up! What on earth did he mean by that? That Japan might attack Philippines again or bomb Manila to kingdom come? Is he so frightened by Japan that he can’t even lift his little finger to fight for what is right?

    And this joker is a cabinet member? Up yours Mr Romulo! You yourself are bloody inimical to the foreign policy interest of this nation. You are the bloody well the one distabilising factor in the region as far as the Philippines is concerned. I can’t believe what the Aquino sisters see in you — you are a joker, a jerk, a ball-less sanamagan, a twit of the worst order. Why, even my dog would know how to blabber more sensibly than you do.

    Bugger off, Mr Romulo! The Philippines doesn’t need an asshole like you to represent the country abroad! You are the most shameless hussy this nation has ever known!

  5. The Yellow Bachelor - July 21, 2010 3:38 am

    As expected the spineless Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto Romulo argued that “The Executive Department has determined that taking up petitioners’ cause would be inimical to our country’s foreign policy interests, and could disrupt our relations with Japan, thereby creating serious implications for stability in this region.“

  6. The Yellow Bachelor - July 21, 2010 4:07 am

    If Romulo “has determined that taking up petitioners’ cause” would not be productive to country’s interest, what cause is he willing to take up?

    Oh yes, the only interest that he’s taken up at all was to make her midget cow of a mistress look tall in the eyes of foreign leaders! And look where it landed her? At the bottom of the totem pole.

    You are useless, Mr Romulo! Go away!

  7. luzviminda - July 21, 2010 4:17 am

    Naku P-Nyoy, dapat lang talagang palitan mo na yang si Alberto Romulo. Ang dapat na tunay niyang trabaho ay ipagtanggol ang kapakanan at karapatan ng BAWAT Pilipino at hindi ang IMAGE lang ng Pinas. Walang pakiaalam si Romulo maski pa INAPI at patuloy na ina-API ang kawawang mga Pilipino, lalo na at mga Lola na itong mga humihingi ng HUSTISYA. HUSTISYA ang usapin dito!

  8. luzviminda - July 21, 2010 4:20 am

    At yang si Mariano Del Castillo ay nabistong BOBO at Mangongopya! Buti nga at sana ay lumaki pa ang isyu niya ng plagiarism, baka sakaling mapansin ng internatinal media at makatulong sa paghingi ng HUSTISYA ng mga magigiting na LOLA!

  9. luzviminda - July 21, 2010 4:24 am

    Minsan dyan ako bilib sa Amerika eh. Ipagtatanggol at hindi nila pababayaan maski isang Mamamayan nila na nasa ibang bansa. Sana ganun din ang attitude ng ating gobyerno lalo na ng Dept of Foreign Affairs.

  10. The Yellow Bachelor - July 21, 2010 4:54 am

    How long can you go Supreme Court! Plagiarizers, that’s what you are now. Useless, spineless men in black robes pretending to be justices but in reality are lazy do-lallying plagiarizers!

    Shame, shame, shame on you hoodlums!

  11. sychitpin - July 21, 2010 6:56 am

    DOJ could condemn this act of plagiarism. Justice Del Castillo should RESIGN!

  12. Isagani - July 21, 2010 7:17 am

    Ang SC natin ngayon ay pamana ni GMA. Sa ganoon, mamamalaging tagilid ang mesa. Ang hatol mula sa mga tuta ni GMA ay hatol ng mga lasing, mga bara-barakong hindi marunong uminom.

  13. Isagani - July 21, 2010 7:25 am

    Ang susunod na nakasusukang isyu ay sa lalong madaling panahon, kapag nagprisinta ang oportunidad, ipiprisinta ni bongbong sa congress na gawin bayani ang mandarambong niyan ama.

    Darating ang araw na iyan. Itaga ninyo sa bato! Maraming maiinis, maraming magmumura, pero sa huli magkakaroon ng momomento si Mcoy na isang bayani ng pinas. Sori na lang yung mga napinsala.

    Sa Pinas, wala kang koneksyon, wala kang bale!

  14. parasabayan - July 21, 2010 8:40 am

    I see these women and I see my mom. My mom did not have to go through what they went through but at their age, they should not even be standing any place to fight for what is right. Bakit uunahin pa ang sasabihin ng mga Hapon. Niyurakan na ang dangal ng ating mga kababaihan, inuuna pa nitong dalawang(Romulo and del Castillo) ito ang “ralations” ng dalawang bansa. Wala kayang mga ina ang mga batong ito?

    This reminds of “Nicole” who was raped by the american corporal. Ipinagpalit na lang niya ang dangal niya sa isang visa to the US dahil nakita niya na ang sistema ng Pilipinas eh hindi ang kapakanan ng kanyang mga kababayan ang inuuna kundi ang kapakanan ng mga dayuhan. When are we ever going to learn to stand up for our own people? Kaya kung tignan na lang tayo sa mundo eh parang mga laruan. Look at how our women are treated like Japayukis? When I was in Japan in the late 1970 and early 80s (very young and barely 110 lbs), whenever I checked into a hotel, akala ng mga Japanese staff eh I was in Japan for “pleasure”. Thank God I somehow came across Japanese Filipinos (mestisong Hapon) and somehow got treated differently by the rest of the staff thereafter.

    Can de Lima intervene here? Or is this just a case to be resolved by the DFA and the Supreme Court? We need a woman’s shoes here rather than these chauvinistic men!

  15. Ellen - July 21, 2010 8:58 am

    The issue is with the Supreme Court, PSB

  16. Oblak - July 21, 2010 10:42 am

    Kahabag habag na nga kalagayan ng mga comfort women, ito pa ang ipamumukha sa kanila.

    Kahit saang angulo, hindi maganda ang ginawa ng Supreme Court. Tapos dinagdagan pa ni Romulo. Ano ba ang mas importante, good relations sa ibang bansa o itaguyod ang karapatan ng mamamayan.

    Si Del Castillo naman, mag cite na lang ng pinagkopyahan, hindi pa ginawa. Dalawang bagay lang yun, katamaran o pagnanakaw ng idea ng ibang tao.

    SA Arroyo Supreme Court lang naging very visible ang isang SC spokesman sa katauhan ni Midas Marquez. Feeling showbiz na rin ang spokesman na ito. Ang alam ko sya na rin ang Court Administrator na dapat lang sigurong mas asikasuhin ang mga problema ang mga court personnel sa buong bansan kaysa sa palaging tagasalag sa mga binabato sa Supreme Court.

  17. joeseg - July 21, 2010 10:58 am

    If you steal from one another it’s plagiarism; if you steal from many, it’s research. Wilson Mizner

    Ayan, inilagay ko sino ang nagsabi nyan.

  18. sychitpin - July 21, 2010 11:08 am

    iyan ang sanhi ng ilang nagmamagaling na nasa SC, may pinag-aralan daw, pero karamihan ay walanghiya at mukhang pera, marangal pa ang prostitute hindi nagkukunwari na sila ay bayaran, di gaya ng ilang justices sa SC na nagkukunwaring kagalang-galang pero and tutuo masahol pa sa puta

  19. The Yellow Bachelor - July 21, 2010 5:44 pm

    They filed a reparations suits in Japan. It was dismissed by Japanese courts saying that the Philippine government must sponsor their claims.

    And Romulo, and the Supreme Court, surrendered without blinking. Romulo is frightened of the Japanese.

  20. The Yellow Bachelor - July 21, 2010 5:50 pm

    No wonder the families of victims of rape and murder of domestic helpers by their employers abroad cannot count on RP embassy help — embassy staffs must have been memoed by Romulo not to take up any cause involving such hideous crimes against Filipino victims of serious abuses as they might inimical to our country’s foreign policy interests , put RP relations at risk with foreign governments.

    Mr Romulo, your head must be served on a silver platter!

  21. The Yellow Bachelor - July 21, 2010 6:12 pm

    It is not by making a cowardly stand that you would prevent instablity in this region, Mr Romulo! It is the other way around: make a courageous stand and you earn the respect of Japan; it is what will put RP relations with Japan on an even keel, you dumbhead!

  22. saxnviolins - July 21, 2010 9:26 pm

    The case was filed to ask the Supreme Court to compel the executive to file the claims with the Japanese government.

    Simple lang yan, ask Noy to reconsider the Glue’s decision and file the claim. Barya lang naman yan sa Japanese government, hindi man nila mapupuna yan amount na yan, kung ninakaw mo man.

    Kapag gumalaw si Noy, moot na yan case na yan.

    With regard to the plagiarism, if it happened to the Japanese, I am sure the official would resign, if not commit harakiri, because he/she lost face. In the Philippines, the official gains facial thickness.

  23. rose - July 21, 2010 10:41 pm

    how could it be that Romulo would lose face?..walang mukha ang hayop…dapat pugotan na ng ulo si Romulo like what the Japanese did to many in the Phil…ang kwento ng mother ko sa akin…minsan daw nakasakay kami sa sasakyan ng mga hapon..(my father was then guarded by the Japanese and we stayed at the Home Economics House sa San Jose, Antique, Elem. School where the barracks of the Japanese was) a man was digging a hole and then blindfolded with a Japanese soldier behind him with a bayonet…pinalambas muna ang sinaskyan namin at ako daw was blindfolded para hindi ko makita ang nangyayari….I was about 4 years at the time…bawat daw na mga tao pagnasulong ang isang hapon had to bow…ganoon sila kalupit…but a number of them were very human…but at that time first of all they were samurai (soldiers) and it was their duty to their country that is first in their minds…

  24. kapinoyan - July 21, 2010 10:45 pm

    Earlier it was Manuel V. Pangilinan. Now it is Supreme Court Justice Mariano del Castillo. Both are Ateneans. Is it a usual Ateneo way? If so, it may now be meet for the school to include a mandatory course in Jejemon language in all courses. For sure, a plagiarizing Jejemon would be very difficult to catch. 🙂

  25. MPRivera - July 21, 2010 11:06 pm

    Mahuhusay talaga ang mga mahistrado natin. Bilib ako.

    Bakit nga naman magpapakahirap pa silang pigain ang kanilang utak kung wala naman silang maaasahang kapalit?

    Kumbakit naman kasi sa ating mga Pinoy ay ‘andaming napakatalas ang mata. Kinopya na nga la’ang, binibisto pa.

    Wala ng pag-asa ang ating Korteng Sobrena. Sa halip na ibangon nila ang inilublob sa pusali ng kababuyan ng mga alipores ni gloria, aba’y sa poso negro pa isinasadlak ang dapat ay pinakahaligi ng hustiisiya.

    Tsk. Tsk. Tsk.

  26. Joyce - July 21, 2010 11:19 pm

    Almost 60 years na ang nakalipas hanggang ngayon hindi pa rin nakamit ng mga comfort women ang hustisya?Saka nalang ba sila kikilos pagwala na ang mga Lola na ito?.Hindi naman mahirap makipagnegosasyon sa bansang Hapon dahil mga Japanese mismo pinagsisihan ng lubos ang nagawa ng mga kawal nila sa ating mga Filipino sa panahon ng giyera.

  27. Joyce - July 21, 2010 11:22 pm

    Dinig ko nakapagbayad na ng danyos perwisyo ang bansang hapon ah! Sino ang nagbulsa?!

  28. Joyce - July 21, 2010 11:37 pm

    Tama ka saxn kaya nga halos taun-taon dito nagpapalit ng primeminister eh,dahil pagdi nila nagawa o natupad ang mga pangako nila resign kasi agad.Ganun din ang mga Cabinet officials “Harakiri”talaga.At lahat ng kilos nila maytransparency kaya malaki ang tiwala ng mamamayan.Lahat ng sahod nila bunos at mga ginagastos maliwanag pa sa sikat nang araw na ipinaaalam sa sambayan.Unlike sa ating mga Pinoy,”Pakialam ko basta’t ako’y nasa pwesto”.Pangit at nakakapagod naman paglagi nalang tayong nagpipeoples power no?! dapat sila mismo magkaroon ng DELICADEZA sa sarili nila.

  29. Mike - July 22, 2010 12:42 am

    Ang dali naman kasi mag “copy & paste” kaysa mag isip ng sariling sasabihin. Di tuloy malaman kung ang huradong ito’y tamad o computer savvy. 😛

  30. balweg - July 22, 2010 2:00 am

    Kahit saang angulo, hindi maganda ang ginawa ng Supreme Court.- Oblak

    Buti nagsabi ka ng TOTOO…Igan Oblak, remember mo pa ba yong…”Hoodlums in Uniforms?”

    Sila ang pahirap sa ating bayan…ang kaso ng mga lola natin e ilang taon na ba itong isyu, di ba marami na sa kanilang sumakabilang-buhay e di pa yan matapos-tapos?

    Nasaan ang problema? Ibig sabihin walang kwenta ang umiiral na batas sa ating bansa…ang sariling mamamayan na inapi at inaapi e di man lang kayang ipagtanggol kundi gagatasan pa.

  31. rose - July 22, 2010 2:13 am

    ang Ateneo noong araw ay kilala na isang mahusay na paaralan..expertise ng mga Jesuits ang pagtuturo..they were good educators..Ateneans were noted for their good English at karamihan were very articulate both in oral and written Enblish..kaya nga mayroon tinatawag noon na “Ateneo accent”..anong nangyari sa kanila ngayon…mukhang paurong ang kanilang pagturo…ano ba mga paders?..buti pa seguro ihampas na lang ninyo ang mga ulo ninyo sa pader..ay ay kalisud!

  32. rose - July 22, 2010 2:16 am

    ..ang napansin ko ngayon sa mga kabataan..sa internet na lang sila kumukuha ng kanilang “book reports”…maybe this could be one of the reasons why their “research” is such…saslamat na lang we were taught differently noong bata ba si Sabel…

  33. saxnviolins - July 22, 2010 2:57 am

    Rose:

    Wala akong tutol sa pag-research sa internet. In fact, I consider it a boon.

    Noong wala pang internet, I had to leaf through a case index, para makakuha ng potential precedent para sa aking kaso. Kung meron, I had to have physical access to the source. So, either punta sa UP, or sa Senate. Kung nagkataong nasa probinsya ako, sorry na lang, walang law library ang UP Cebu, Iloilo, and other UPs. Mayroon ngang ibang university, pero sa big cities lang. Imagine being a practitioner in Barincucurung, Ilocos Sur, or Mayoyao, Kalinga-Apayao.

    Ngayon, type ka lang ng keywords sa google, or sa lawphil.net, litaw na ang hinahanap mo. Kailangan lang mag-wade through sa dami ng hits ng google. Pero that is better than physically locating the book. So the guy from Barincucurung or Mayoyao can have the same thorough research as the guy in Manila, with internet access.

    In fact, noong freshman ako, nagkakataguan ng libro sa UP law library, dahil may mga swapang na estudyante. Ilalagay sa ibang call number ang kailangang libro, para hindi makita ng iba.

    Yes. early enough, the aspiring lawyer learns to behave like a parent – natuto paano maging magulang. They later become justices and ombudsmen.

  34. jawo - July 22, 2010 4:06 am

    Except for a very FEW notables, we have been bored to death for the past nine years of honest-to-goodness “stupid and mediocre ATENEANS the likes of Jose PIGuel Arroyo, Merceditas Gutierrez, Ignacio Bunye, Gloria Arroyo. Agnes Devanadera, Allan Peter Cayetano, Ace durano, Kris Aquino…………..and now, Justits Mariano C. del Castillo, to name just a few…..for now.

    Fr. Bernas kung ganyan rin lang nang ganyan ang maggiging kalibre ng mga graduates niyo, I would advise you to CLOSE SHOP. Nakakahiya kayo ! Matagal nang nag-kakalat ang tropang Ateneo.

    Ateneo accent………….PUWAH !!!

  35. jawo - July 22, 2010 4:35 am

    As expected the spineless Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto Romulo argued that “The Executive Department has determined that taking up petitioners’ cause would be inimical to our country’s foreign policy interests, and could disrupt our relations with Japan, thereby creating serious implications for stability in this region. “—->The Yellow Bachelor
    ___________________________________________________________

    Oh yeah ? What did you fucking assholes do in the case of U.S.Marine Lance CPL Daniel Smith ? After giving him a year’s paid vacation leave with pay in a luxury suite in the Philippines, you decided it was Nicole who fucked herself and that Cpl. Smith was a victim of mistaken identity.

    What foreign policy interest is Romulo talking about ? THERE IS NONE !! What Romulo is saying about disrupting our relations with Japan (or other foreign creditors) is the fear of disrupting the flow of whatever LOANS the Philippines could extract from its creditors in exchange for the Philippines being subservient to the guys who dangle the dollars.

  36. jawo - July 22, 2010 4:52 am

    Minsan dyan ako bilib sa Amerika eh. Ipagtatanggol at hindi nila pababayaan maski isang Mamamayan nila na nasa ibang bansa. Sana ganun din ang attitude ng ating gobyerno lalo na ng Dept of Foreign Affairs.——>luzviminda

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    Not necessarily. America weighs its options from many standpoints even as they have the means and the righteous might to do it. Otherwise, America doesn’t deal with terrorists or political blackmailers. When that happens, you are just another dispensable commodity ready to be sacrificed for the better good of the majority.

    The Philippines is a different story. When a wrong had been done to a Pinoy by any foreigner, the moment the government steps in, poor Juan de La Cruz automatically loses his case and the foreiner gets scott free. Why ? Because the Philippine government has no teeth to bite white-skinned SOB’s.

  37. Isagani - July 22, 2010 4:56 am

    RE #35: Actually, imo, ang kaso ni Nicole(OT muna) ay napolitika. Mayroon tayo, at totoo ito sa ibat-ibang sulok ng daigdig, ng mga interest groups na nagpapalakad ng paansarili nilang layunin. Ginamit nila si Nicole at sa kanilang pagka-inis, ay sila pala ang nagamit.

    Ano man ang galit sa mga Markano na tumubo dahil dito at gatong! Mula ng Maliit na bata ako, marami ng demo-demo laban sa Markano, subalit patuloy ang agos ng OFW at immigrants sa Amerika. At hindi magbabago yan. At di lang sa Pinas yan. Totoo yan sa lahat ng mamamayan na naghahanap ng mas mabuting buhay.

    Huwag na natin aksayahin ang lakas natin sa katunayang ito.

    Ukol kay Romulo, siya ay tuta ni GMA. Nasa kamay ni P-Noy ang lunas sa posisyon na yan. The buck stops at P-Noy’s opis when it comes to cabinet and other high offices.

  38. masha - July 22, 2010 6:16 am

    re: XXX could disrupt our relations with Japan XXX

    bs. foreign service should primarily protect filipinos. what it has been doing is preserving private interests that deal with these foreign governments.

    unifors should stop whining about appointments and promotions and start working fiercely for the ordinary and downtrodden filipinos all over the world.

  39. masha - July 22, 2010 6:19 am

    isagani,

    re: nicole

    sa umpisa kinausap yan ng mga ngos na trip yang ma publicize for taking up any victim’s cause. gustung gusto nila yan. ang kaso mo they found nicole’s story iffy. big time iffy. so they decided not to get involved.

  40. masha - July 22, 2010 6:22 am

    luzviminda,

    not when it comes to israel. an unarmed 20ish turkish-american was killed in the gaza flotilla that was boarded by the idf. the americans protested but there was no outrage you would normally expect from them.

  41. masha - July 22, 2010 6:24 am

    nakakahiya na talaga ang supreme court. mediocrity reigns.

  42. jawo - July 22, 2010 7:39 am

    RE #35: Actually, imo, ang kaso ni Nicole(OT muna) ay napolitika. Mayroon tayo, at totoo ito sa ibat-ibang sulok ng daigdig, ng mga interest groups na nagpapalakad ng paansarili nilang layunin. Ginamit nila si Nicole at sa kanilang pagka-inis, ay sila pala ang nagamit.—–>isagani

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    Ours are both personal opinions based on the resulting in-conclusive outcome of the case. We may both be right, we might both be wrong. It doesn’t really matter. It’s done ! Na-i-bala na nga sa kanyon si Smith at tila sumakit ang ulo. Napag-uusapan na lang ito dala na ng topic na hinihimay natin ngayon dito.

    HIndi na-pulitika ang kaso ni Nicole. It was just that, the Philippines didn’t have the balls to take the case against what the Philippines calls as her perennial colonial master. Our subservience to America had been and still is so damn disgusting.

    Kung hindi ma-depensahan ng Pilipinas ang Pinoy sa sariling nating bansa laban sa mga banyagang guma-gago sa atin, bakit hahangarin nating maipag-tatanggol ng Pilipinas ang ating mga OFW na nasa ibang bansa ? We are asking too much from a government that is both financially and militarily lame, inept and weak due to corruption, personal interests, and transactional politics.

  43. baycas2 - July 22, 2010 8:37 am

    OT:

    sana po may blog entry rin tungkol sa mga abads.

    http://opinion.inquirer.net/inquireropinion/columns/view/20100722-282455/Bad-idea

    delicadeza lang naman sana.

  44. rose - July 22, 2010 8:51 am

    Sax: I do understand the situation you were in then..and I just wonder now, how the situation in Antique is..alam ko walang Public Library where one can borrow books…the use of computers is also limited kasi sa bayan lang ang Internet Cafe..kawawa talaga ang mahihirap.. kaya pala ang office ng tatay ko at ng granduncle ay puno ng law books..Penal Codes, Legal Forms, etc. masuerte talaga ang may laptops at computers…

  45. sychitpin - July 22, 2010 11:21 am

    Atty Harry Roque deserves commendation for handling this noble case for the aged comfort women. Some have already died without receiving justice, will the remaining victims also be denied justice? The criminals before were japanese soldiers, now those criminals were being supported by fellow filipinos. Isn’t fellow filipino traitors worse than those savage and animal japanese soldiers?

  46. MPRivera - July 22, 2010 2:08 pm

    Ano aasahan ninyo kina Alberto Romulo at Marianong Garapon del Kutsilyo?

    Wala namang nanay ang mga anak ng amag na ‘yan, asa pa tayo?

    Galing ang dalawang yan sa tumpok ng tae ng aso kaya ganyang ang ugali ng mga ‘yan.

    Bago natin hangaring bigyang galang tayo ng ibang lahi at isaalang alang ang ating pagiging tao, unahin muna nating linisin ang basurang nakakulapol sa pagkatao ng ating mga nasa gobyerno. Hindi natin masusumpungan ang tamang paglilingkod sa atin ng ating mga pinuno kung tayo mismo ang nagbibigay sa kanila ng dahilan upang balewalain tayo. Hindi matitigil ang abuso kung merong pumapayag na abusuhin at hindi tayo makakasulong kung tayo ay watak watak at merong mga umaastang magaling at may dunong subalit walang ginagawa kundi manood lamang kapag kailangan nang kumilos upang ipaglaban ang para sa kapakanan ng hindi naman para sa iilan kundi para sa ating lahat.

  47. Oblak - July 22, 2010 2:45 pm

    “Galing ang dalawang yan sa tumpok ng tae ng aso kaya ganyang ang ugali ng mga ‘yan.” – MPR. Bwahahaha, grabe naman ang paghahambing.

    Ms. Rose, mas gusto ko nga yung unang panahon. not that I do not use the internet but the internet is for my enjoyment rather than further education. Laspag ang internet sa akin pagdating sa music at movies.

    Mas naalala ko yung nabasa ko physical na libro kaysa sa internet. Yung sa pacing, mas may naabsorb ang utak ko yung pa isa isang basa hindi tulad sa internet na may overload ng input na hindi ko gaanong maretain. Ang sakit pa sa mata ng monitor.

    Noong batang estudyante ako, kapag may isusubmit, talagang basa ng materials, take down notes, read the notes, analyze what you read then make the final draft and then type it. Ngayon, read, cut, paste and print na lang yata ang ginagawa ng mga karamihang estudyante.

  48. The Yellow Bachelor - July 22, 2010 4:16 pm

    Just so we are clear, the following quotes belong to Ellen:

    As expected the spineless Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto Romulo argued that “The Executive Department has determined that taking up petitioners’ cause would be inimical to our country’s foreign policy interests, and could disrupt our relations with Japan, thereby creating serious implications for stability in this region.“

    We absolutely don’t want to be accused of plagiarism now… 🙂

  49. MPRivera - July 22, 2010 5:49 pm

    US prof rues SC misuse of his work vs ‘sex slaves’

    http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/inquirerheadlines/nation/view/20100722-282448/US-prof-rues-SC-misuse-of-his-work-vs-sex-slaves

    Ayan! Lalong nakakahiya dahil hindi lamang ‘yung pagiging tamad ni Marianong Garapon del Kutsilyo ang lumalabas kundi ang kanyang kabobohan dahil lang mali ang kanyang interpretasyon sa kanyang ginaya at kinopya kundi hindi niya naiintindihan kung ano ang ibig sabihin.

    Hay, naku!

    Pilipino ba ‘yang ungas na ‘yan?

  50. Ellen - July 22, 2010 6:34 pm

    MR, that’s the #1 item in the comments.

    Hay naku talaga.

  51. Oblak - July 22, 2010 8:28 pm

    Pasensya ka na Ms. Ellen kay MPR, nag kabaret na naman yan at nalasing. Mabuti nga dito pa naipost yan at hindi sa ibang thread!!!

  52. MPRivera - July 22, 2010 10:14 pm

    Pareng Oblak,

    Puwede ba, bago mo ako ibuko sa mali mong akala ay basahin mo muna ang source ko? Ibig ko din lang dalhin dito ang katotohanang kinopya na nga ng ating matalino’t masipag na mahistrado ‘yung kanyang desisyon subalit mali ang kanyang interpretasyon at hindi umaayon doon sa tunay na puntong tinutungo ng may akda ng mga linyang kanyang sinipi.

    Kabaret kang sinasabi d’yan. Hindi ako lasheng, ‘no? Hik!

  53. rose - July 22, 2010 10:21 pm

    Sax: may I ask a question? if one copies a report verbatim, word for word and put his name has having written it, that is plagiarism, hindi ba? but does one have to prove the date (it is written) to prove that he wrote it first? pero if in his research pinagtagpi tagpi lang niya ang mga ikonopia niya sa ilang reports, can he claim it to be his original? but then he has to “cite” where he copied it from, hindi ba? I used to teach and when a student wrote something sa essay nagduda ako kung siya ang sumulat I use to put “A” for the one who wrote this…

  54. parasabayan - July 23, 2010 5:44 am

    Hindi ba dapat eh may “footnotes” para mabigyan ng credit yung totoong source ng info?

  55. Oblak - July 23, 2010 2:35 pm

    It is either you acknowledge sa body yung source o ilagay sa footnote.

    Pwede ring ung tinuro sa English 11 na iparaphrase yung nabasa at kung maayos ang pagkakaparaphrase hindi maaakusahan ng plagiarism.

    Yung sa decision ni Del Castillo, verbatim ang pagkakagawa kaya dapat inacknowledge sa body o nag cite sa footnote.Ang pinakamasaklap, kopya ng verbatim pero iba ang interpretation sa intendment ng original author.

  56. TonGuE-tWisTeD - July 23, 2010 6:39 pm

    At least, si Manny Pangilinan, nag-offer na mag-resign sa Board of Trustees ng Ateneo. Takot lang ng Board na mawalan ng isang malaking donor kaya ni-reject ang resignation. Yung speech naman e hindi niya personal na isinulat kundi ng isang speechwriter.

    Pero itong si SCJ Del Castillo, kapalmuks ito. Nangopya lang rin yata ito sa Bar exams kaya pumasa. Dungis na naman sa Pilipinas. Haaaay. Mga putang…. Give us a break! Dammit.

  57. rose - July 24, 2010 2:49 am

    Tongue: Atenean din ba si del Castillo? In early 60’s nagkaroon daw ng leakage sa bar exam…(during the time of (Justice Cladio Teehankee) and around that time Teehankee Jr. was a student and also a Romulo (and it could be this A. Romulo)…it was a shock sa karamihan then na masama sa mga ganito ang Ateneo…pero ngayon it is no longer a wonder na masangkot ang mga graduates ng Ateneo sa mga ilang kabalbalan ang mga alumni nila…wala talagang sinasanto ang mangdaya, magnakaw, magsinungaling…ang sabi nga just don’t get caught! huwag magpahuli ng buhay!

  58. saxnviolins - July 24, 2010 8:32 am

    rose:

    pero if in his research pinagtagpi tagpi lang niya ang mga ikonopia niya sa ilang reports, can he claim it to be his original? but then he has to “cite” where he copied it from, hindi ba?

    I believe you are referring to compilations, like for instance, stock market quotes. But that refers to data, not literary works. For literary works, I submit that citations are required. Sentences, or even a turn of a phrase are intellectual property, not capable of appropriation, no matter how small.

    Imagine for instance if I claimed the phrase “With malice toward none”. Mukha akong gago niyan, because everybody attributes that to Abe Lincoln. So Cory (Teddy Locsin) properly cited him when she included it in her speech.

    Ang problema diyan kay Del Castillo, or his researcher, is that talagang hindi nag-iisip. Ilan ba naman ang sumusulat about international law, and about that topic? Pagkatapos, Yale pa. Tiyak na may kopya ang UP or the other Pinoy law schools ng Yale, Harvard or Stanford Law Review. So the probability of being caught is too great, to even chance it.

    Lalo pa, si Harry Roque, yan ang tinuturo. Talaga namang walking on ice yung sinumang nag-draft niyan.

    Considering the fact that the quotes were technical legal terms, I doubt that Del Castillo did not know. I had two friends who worked at the Court of Appeals – one for Justice Pronove, and one for Justice Grino-Aquino. Lagi daw tinatanong, when they make definitions in the draft, “Where did you get this”?

  59. rose - July 24, 2010 9:50 am

    Sax: kung yong phrase..”with malice toward none” ay ginawa kong “with no malice to anyone”, hindi na copia..pero they mean the same…kaya lang mas maganda ang dating ng una…
    ..hindi sila nag-isip o ang akala nila ang karamihan ay walang isip?

  60. MPRivera - July 24, 2010 2:26 pm

    Akala siguro ni del Cutsillo, komo mahistrado siya ay wala nang papansin o pupuna kung kumopya man siya ng hatol dahil iisipin ng makakabasa na galing ‘yun sa utak niya. Hindi niya alam ay marami na ang nagmamatyag sa bawat kilos nila bunga ng kawalang tiwala sa sunod sunod na pagpalpak nila sa Korteng Sobrena.

    Rose, parehong posibilidad ‘yung iyong dalawang tinuran – hindi sila nag-iisip dahil akala nila ang makakabasa ay walang mga isip.

  61. Ellen - July 24, 2010 9:09 pm

    Statement from the Inernational Center for Transitional Justice:

    Filipina “Comfort Women” Deserve Political Support

    NEW YORK, July 23, 2010—The Philippines government should support renewed efforts by former sexual slaves to seek reparations and an official apology from Japan, said the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) today.

    Before and during World War II, the Japanese military government forced an estimated 200,000 women from many Asian countries, known as “comfort women,” to provide Japanese soldiers with sexual services. In April 2010 the Philippine Supreme Court dismissed a case by a group of Filipina comfort women aiming to compel the Philippine government to seek reparations from Japan on their behalf. On July 19 these women asked the Philippine Supreme Court to reconsider.

    ICTJ calls on the Philippines government to support the women’s efforts and on President Aquino to show leadership on this issue.

    “The remaining survivors of Japan’s system of sexual slavery in World War II do not need pity or charity. They need justice,” said ICTJ president, David Tolbert. “The struggle of President Aquino’s parents against impunity is well known. Their son should follow in their footsteps and support these aging comfort women in their long struggle for justice,” said Tolbert.

    “The comfort women’s arguments are well supported under international law,” said Helen Scanlon, director of ICTJ’s Gender Justice Program. “The Philippines has an opportunity to set an example. It can show how a state can fulfill its duty and seek to provide effective remedies for citizens whose human rights have been violated—in this case, women singled out and subjected to the crime of wartime sexual slavery. We strongly encourage the court to revisit its April 2010 ruling on this issue,” said Scanlon.

  62. TonGuE-tWisTeD - July 25, 2010 1:33 am

    rose, Atenista nga yata si Del Castillo.

  63. Ellen - July 25, 2010 7:48 am

    I was told that it was the students in UP law that first detected the plagiarism because the sentences didn’t sound like it was written by a Filipino.

    Even though how proficient some of us are in the English language, there is something peculiar in the way we use the language that differentiates us from other English-proficient nationalities.

  64. Ellen - July 25, 2010 7:50 am

    I got text from Harry Roque:

    “Word is that Del Castillo will say sorry and will announce that the three clerks who worked on Vinuya have been asked to leave.

    “This is not acceptable. It’s Del Castillo who should go.”

  65. saxnviolins - July 25, 2010 9:14 pm

    Reading Harry Roque’s motion, mukhang sa mga footnotes ang maraming plagiarism.

    If I want to sound erudite, I would use the footnotes of a scholarly treatise, to imply that I read all his/her sources in the original. For instance, si Turing Tolentino mahilig mag-quote ng Spanish commentators, like Manresa. So I could also quote Manresa, to imply that my Spanish is good enough to allow me to read the original.

    The usual response of the UP law student or lawyer is, “Now let me read the original, just to see if there is some part there that is favorable to me”. Problem is, there are no Manresa books in the Philippines – not in UP, the Supreme Court, nor the legislature. There is no internet source either.

    Who quotes Manresa? Tolentno. So people will go to Tolentino, and I will be outed.

    In this case, there were many footnotes pointing to sources which are not available in the Philippines, nor online. So people would suspect that they were quoted from a scholar. Once a search of scholarly material is made, bingo. Outed ang Supreme Court justice.

  66. saxnviolins - July 25, 2010 9:43 pm

    So sabi ni Del Castillo kasalanan ng clerk?

    Sa dinami-dami ng quoted foreign source, it is difficult to believe that he did not ask Justice Pronove and Justice Grino-Aquino’s standard question to my friend -“Where did you get this”?

    A scholar usually reads voluminous material, and synthesizes it to advocate a certain viewpoint. That is what Criddle and the other writers did. The plagiarism stems from the fact that in the footnotes, Criddle was quoted verbatim, as if to imply that the justice did the synthesis and waded through the voluminous material himself. That is the very definition of intellectual dishonesty – feigning scholarly exactitude when in fact, he read another’s work for convenience.

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