Pia Cayetano slams plagiarists in Congress : Let’s practice honesty
MANILA, Philippines — Senator Pia Cayetano has reminded colleagues about the importance of “intellectual honesty” as she lamented that copying bills had become a practice in Congress.
According to Cayetano, this is just a “friendly reminder” since she has been making this call even in the past.
A new Congress will open next month.
“Sabi nga nila (They say), it’s the height of flattery if somebody copies your work. So in terms of legislation, I believe that it is the intellectual property din naman (also) of the one who [first] drafted it,” Cayetano said in a press briefing on Thursday.
“Kung ipapa-file ninyo lang din sa staff ninyo ‘yung bill na na-file na ng ibang tao, i-recognize niyo naman ang original na nagsulat nun, ‘yung staff na naghirap doon.”
(If you would only ask your staff to file a bill that another person already filed, you should at least recognize the original author, the staff who wrote the bill)
For Cayetano, credit should be given where credit is due.
“Nakakaloko sa tao na sabihin mo 1,000 finile mo pero ‘yung 999 doon, iba naman ang naghirap. Sabihin mo lang na magaganda ang na-file so sinusupport mo, no problem,” she said.
(You are deceiving the people when you say you filed 1,000 [bills] but 999 of them were done by other people. Just say the bills you’re supporting are good, no problem.)
“Let’s have intellectual honesty naman. And I brought this up how many Congresses ago, nag-agree naman ang colleagues ko (my colleagues agreed). But it’s a reminder to all na (that), let’s follow it, lead by example. It’s a great way to practice honesty,” the senator continued.
She later clarified she has no problems with copying but lawmakers should at least acknowledge the original author of a measure.
In fact, Cayetano said, filing a similar bill to support another measure is being done in the Senate.
“Pero kapag nag-file ka ng same na same lang at hindi ka nagsasabi, hindi ba parang medyo devious?” she pointed out.
(But when you file exactly the same measure without permission, isn’t that a bit devious?)
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