Alan Cayetano won’t sit in judgment of big sister



Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano AND Sen. Pia Cayetano

Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano is not one to pass judgement on his big sister, thus he will inhibit himself from hearings the ethics committee he heads will hold on a plagiarism complaint filed against Sen. Pia Cayetano.

Pia is accused of lifting “paragraphs” from a presentation made by Health Secretary Mario Villaverde to the 7th National Health Sector Meeting on mothers, newborns and children in 2008, and passing them off as her own in a privilege speech she delivered in the Senate in February 2011.

Complainant Alberto Loquez Ong Jr. also alleged that Pia’s World Environment Day privilege speech on June 6, 2012, “copied statements from the United Nations Environment Program without attributing to it.”

In a six-page complaint, Ong also said that Pia’s response in e-mailed transcripts to reporters on Aug. 22: “So, sinasabi nila na bawat (they’re saying that every) sentence during my speech dapat i-acknowledge ko (should have been acknowledged by me)? Mahirap naman gawin yun (That would have been hard to do) during the speech” showed “arrogance” and “improper conduct.”

Technical glitch


Pia cited a “technical glitch” for the noninclusion of footnotes showing attribution of the reports on her website, when she was asked about it in a television interview on Wednesday.

Alan said he would assume “good faith” on the part of the complainant, and added that this would be one time he would rather not pass judgment on Pia.

“She has always been the more perfect one and I’ve always looked for a chance to judge her,” joked Cayetano, 42, about his sister who is 46.

“But since (the complaint) falls into this (ethics) committee and I am the chair, it’s logical that when the time comes, I do not participate and I would assume good faith on the people who filed the case,” he said in an impromptu news conference yesterday.

Cayetano said he did not even oblige his sister’s staff who asked for a copy of the plagiarism complaint.

“Until we pass the rules of the committee, we cannot be the source of a copy of the complaint (hindi puwedeng sa amin manggaling),” he said.

Cayetano and Sen. Gregorio Honasan earlier conducted a brief committee meeting to discuss the rules for the panel hearings on the six complaints lodged against various senators.

The most controversial complaint is the one filed against Senate Majority Leader Tito Sotto for plagiarism for allegedly failing to attribute passages in a series of speeches he delivered against the reproductive health (RH) bill.

Cayetano said it was agreed upon that all members of the ethics committee, not just its chair, would decide whether or not there is probable cause to investigate a senator charged before the panel.

Under the old rules, only the committee chair wrote a report and this was presented to the plenary for decision on whether or not to discipline a colleague facing an ethics complaint.

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  • hustlergalore

    ayaw daw magpatalo ng mga anti-rh bill kaya nagfile din sila. pfft!

    kahit ginawa na yung necessary corrections at walang reklamo yung pinagkopyaan. LOL

    • henri_see

       stealing is stealing.
      batas kay pedro, batas kay juan.
      those living in glass houses shouldn’t be throwing stones.
      sos for the gander, sos for the guus.
      dos hu hath no sin, cast da first stone.

      • hustlergalore

        true but she already made corrections. what is there to cast stone? LOL

  • bgcorg

    It is not necessary that the complaint would come from the source itself.  But, until the rules are finalized, any noise could be only speculation.  This should be balanced against the immunity of legislators and judges in given cases.  In the case of Sen. Sotto, for example, he had made a general disclaimer.  Anti rh arguments in general are based on natural reasoning and on the more accepted truths by men of all cultures and time.  Of course, against the materialistic, hedonistic and secular currents, the truth should be unadulterated and “freedom” so properly understood.  Human rights are only “human” rights if they are in accord with moral, spiritual and genuine human values. 

    • magsasakasanayon

      shut up, you sanctimonious b*stard!

  • KonsensyaNgBayan

    The Wrath of Sottopid Bullies in Senate at Work!!…Enrile, Sottocopy, Estrada, Arroyo, Honasan, Lapid, Revilla, Santiago, Escudero. Demolition Work is where they do BEST. Mga Kabayan, nangyari na noon at ginagawa na nila na naman ngayon, magka-isa at baguhin sa 2013 eleksyon. Spread the word and DO NO VOTE these UNA politicians, Marcos Cronies, Estrada Cronies, Ramos and GMA Cronies. Nagpasarap at nagpayaman noon, Kaya naghihirap tayo ngayon, kaya gumanti ka sa 2013 Eleksyon!!

    • PAZ


      • epros

        Go GMA outch !!!!

  • Mymy Flor



  • Mananandata69

    Anong klaseng lawmakers meron ang Pilipinas. Kailan muli magkakaroon ng mga senador tulad nina, Tolentino,Diokno,Marcos,Aquino,Salonga,Puyat,Laurel,Soc Rodrigo et. al., Sabagay taong bayan ang bumoto sa kanila, they got what they deserved.

  • randyaltarejos

    I don’t see any reason why some public officials find it extremely difficult to give attribution to materials they lifted from published papers or books. If you have not studied journalism or expository writing, you can still read on how to write a “research paper.” Just a click of the internet’s search engine and everything is there.

  • randyaltarejos

    My advice to ranking public officials is to hire publicists or former journalists as your chiefs of staff. Reason? They knew very well the pros and cons of the publicity trade. Am sure, writing speeches is one of them.

  • kilabot

    pia, soto, delcastillo, and leonen are plagiarists. so do all of us. everyone is guilty of plagiarism in his lifetime either in thoughts, in words, or in deeds. that’s because we brought nothing into this world. everything we have is either given, copied, plagiarized, or stolen. no one has a right to a copyright on anything.

    lgbt is a form of plagiarism for which practitioners don’t have to apologize. so why is there a need for anyone to apologize for alleged plagiarism in any form?
    if satan plagiarizes God, surely man who is a slave to satan imitates what his master does.
    there is nothing new in the world. no one is original except the creator, the source of all wisdom.

    time to stop this nonsense of plagiarism. unless you’re viceganda calling rustum bakla.

  • virgoyap

    Ok lang yan as long as it’s done in good faith at hindi niya tini-twist ang context na kanyang kina-copy.

    • Marx Louis Wang

      Ang sabihin mo wala talagang alam!!!

  • 711sense

    Let’s just hope that the Senate Ethics committee hearing the case will not think that they are also above the law. Their decision will be closely watch and it could very well be hold against them when the time comes.

  • Francis81

    Pareho tong dalawang Cayetano na sinungaling.  Sabi ni Pia technical glitch daw. WEEEEEEEH…. ESTORYAHEEEE DAY!

    • Marx Louis Wang


  • J

    Umiral yung political dynasty….

  • virgo57

    JPE camp manipulate the Sotto issue and came up where Senator Pia Cayetano put in the firing range.Enrile is shrewd and he is behind in diversion in all of this noise.

  • basyong

    walang mangyayari diyan kung ang politcal dynasties e nakaupo pa diyan.kanya kanyang proteksyon and blood is thicker than water.managinip na lang kayo dahil sa mga papogi ng ating mga senatongs

  • Beguine

    It is the hardest thing to do to claim that your thoughts are
    original, since there’s nothing original anymore everything’s
    been said and thought of before, and the only original way
    to do things is to say it in other words, which is only
    possible if you have completely understood and assimilated
    what you are talking about.

    Now this lady senator was too lazy to do her homework and
    simply brought her notes which are exactly lifted from other
    person’s and other committee’s published or copyrighted work.

    Now her brother senator also will have to take her side and
    say she didn’t really mean to do what she’s done and that
    actually she’s a bright and responsible person under normal

    But it cannot be denied that what’s abnormal about this whole thing is that she did not take the trouble to fully
    understand what she wanted to talk about, and she could
    have expressed the same views with her own words, thus
    could have easily escaped from being declared a plagiarist.
    It’s that simple. But now it’s created a mountain out of
    a molehill because she didn’t properly study and tried
    to grasp the whole thing without mouthing the same
    words from the original authors.

  • edm365f31

    This is the reason why we don’t need siblings in the Senate; we are not getting the maximum representation for the citizens.  Why can’t a family member just pass his good ideas for legislation to a sittting member we don’t need both of them in there.

  • Jerry_SeinfeId

    sa dami ng tanga na botante, ayan lalo nagkakagulo ang pinas. cge iboto nyo pa ang UNA at nang lalo magkawindang-windang ang Pilipinas mong mahal.

  • Marx Louis Wang

    Bakit kasi hindi na lang sila magpaka-humble na sabihing, “From my research, I found out that… blah blah blah” para hindi sila makasuhan ng pangongongopya na kaalaman ng iba. Nagdudunong-dunungan wala naman palang alam. ANG MGA KATULAD NIYO AY DI DAPAT IBOTO!!! NAKAKARINDI KAYO!!!!

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