Pia Cayetano: I attribute my speeches

Posted at 08/20/2012 6:04 PM | Updated as of 08/21/2012 8:16 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Senator Pia Cayetano on Monday said she properly cites the sources of the content of her speeches, contrary to allegations being made by some critics of the reproductive health (RH) bill.

Cayetano, in a press statement, said she respects the Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines, or Republic Act 8293, which states that one's written work "is protected [from] the time of creation."

"I respect that and practice attributions in my Senate speeches since I often quote UN [United Nations] and other sources," she said.

A check on her website shows she cited in the footnotes the sources of speeches on Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and World Environment Day.

"Even in my personal work, I habitually attribute my sources. As an [example], see my blog [regarding] impeachment," Cayetano said.  "If at any time, I fail to attribute, I immediately make the necessary corrections and amends."

Cayetano issued the statement even as another senator, Tito Sotto, is accused of plagiarizing the work of an American blogger and several other blog sites for his speech against the RH bill.

Cayetano also also denied allegations that she was bribed by multinational companies to push the RH bill.

"Cheap shots by anti-RH groups to say I was bribed. If they think I will back [off] RH, know that I won't," she said.