Did Solis also lift OPAPP entry from Flickr?
MANILA -- The Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) is now conducting its own probe to determine whether Mark Joseph Solis, who recently admitted to passing off a winning photograph as his own, also did the same in a contest it sponsored in 2011.
In a statement, OPAPP legal and security unit head Jomer Aquino said they will not hesitate to exercise legal action against Solis if found guilty.
“Let it be known that Mr. Solis also won in the Say Peace Photo Contest sponsored by OPAPP in 2011. OPAPP is now conducting its own investigation in order to find out whether Mr. Solis has committed same infraction in the said contest. If proven guilty, OPAPP will not hesitate to exercise legal options to rectify the wrong done by Solis,” he said.
The photo Solis used in the OPAPP contest, a boy whose hands are put together in prayer, was allegedly taken from a Flickr account.
Aquino said such action comes on the heels of accusations of plagiarism against Solis by Gregory John Smith.
Smith earlier said in his Facebook account that he is the owner of the winning photo used by Solis as entry in the "Smiles for the World" photo contest sponsored by Chilean Ambassador Roberto Mayorga.
Solis already apologized to Smith for his actions.
In a letter to the Philippine Star, Smith said: “I would like to see Solis translate his words into some solid action to benefit the children he has so irresponsibly abused by taking their image and publishing it freely as one of his own property.”