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a call to the 2 ateneo students who wrote manny pangilinan’s plagiarized speech to come out

to the 2 ateneo students,

we are issuing this call to the 2 ateneo students who wrote the plagiarized speech of manny pangilinan at the 2010 ateneo graduation rites to come out, identify yourselves and issue a statement on the matter.

according to PDI,  you had wanted to come out but manny pangilinan insisted that he will take full responsibility for the error. we applaud mr. pangilinan.

we call on the 2 students to own up to your errors.

while you are at it, we have a few questions that we would love to hear from you on:

  • how did you ever think it is okay to plagiarize the speeches of others, much morecelebrities?
  • you wanted to inpress mr. pangilinan, plagiarizing a speech is the way to do it?
  • it did not occur to you that you will be found out? why not?
  • you knew manny pangilinan will deliver the speech in public, in front of many hundreds of students, parents, guests and faculty – you did not see the possibility of being found out? why not?
  • how did you see it fit that one of the country’s most respected and most successful CEO can deliver a plagiarized speech?
  • you do not have an estimation of the possible shame and loss of  honor for mr. pangilinan, the school and yourselves if your plagiarism was found out?
  • you saw your work as something you can be proud of?
  • is plagiarism allowed at the ateneo?
  • plagiarism is not sanctioned at the ateneo?
  • what happens to a student found to have plagiarized by the school?

we also wonder what the school professors have to say about this issue and plagiarism at the ateneo.

we hope to hear from you soon.

  1. maya
    April 5, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    there’s no need to blame. the person responsible is mvp. he didn’t do his homework. why should he let speechwriters do the job when the call is for his own wisdom. my goodness a graduation speech doesn’t need to be lengthy to be inspiring. thus, no need for copy and paste thing. shame, shame, shame also to the ones bending for financial convenience sake.

  2. junsu
    April 5, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    tsk tsk let the witch hunt begin…

    mvp already owned up true to the yamashita standard, if the two “man for others” speech writers decide to humbly come out, let them without this huge pressure from other ateneans who never plagiarized in their life. it’s only a speech for crying out loud, and embarrassing as it may be to the ateneo, in the bigger scheme of things what is a plagiarized speech? it will only dent a few prides in the prestigious school, ok maybe the ateneo will be the butt of jokes in a party or two, but it will not send the country to damnation much more the world. just ask fr. ben to get another ceo to sit-in as a trustee but he must be willing to have his speeches screened and must be able to donate a building or two for the glory of the ateneo.

  3. Mary Acosta
    April 5, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    I may be naive but I really do not understand what all the furor is all about?
    Just because part of the speech was taken from Oprah et al does not diminish anything.

    Question:
    What is the difference between copy paste incident and using several quotations from famous people?

    In my speeches I do it all the time. Quotations or even in some cases jokes are part of speech writing.

    My goodness, you are raising hell for something that is so petty and yet ateneans did nothing when arroyo went on tv and gave the “i am sorry speech”.

    wasn’t both incidents a form of cheating?

  4. James
    April 6, 2010 at 1:45 am

    Hello Ms.Acosta.

    I think this incident is a little different from Arroyo’s I am sorry because The Ateneo is an Academic Institution and being one, it upholds the concept of Academic Integrity and Honesty. It’s like the law in the Academic Community, worldwide. If it turns out that the two ghostly writers are ateneans, then it could be one of a hell ride for The Ateneo…but the best thing the university can do, is to strip off the degrees that these ghostly writers got when they graduated,sort of cutting the connection of these alumni from that of the university. This will in some way,maintain the integrity that The Ateneo have protected and ateneans have cherished for years much like that of other universities in the world; because the Academic Community is not local but a global one.

  5. April 6, 2010 at 7:24 am

    ” Copy from one, it’s plagiarism; copy from two, it’s research” — Wilson Mizner

  6. Fantastic356
    April 6, 2010 at 8:57 am

    The fuss over the 2 speech writers is a distraction from the real issue.

    There is what is called comman responsibility.

    As far as the 2 speech writers are concerned, plaiagriaizng was probably acceptable in the PLDT or SMART Culture.Who knows if they have been committing plagiarism in the past but have never been caught until now.

    Why should they lynch the 2 speech writers only now?

  7. April 6, 2010 at 9:06 am

    Mary Acosta :

    I may be naive but I really do not understand what all the furor is all about?
    Just because part of the speech was taken from Oprah et al does not diminish anything.

    it is dishonesty, that diminishes everything.

  8. April 6, 2010 at 9:10 am

    Mary Acosta :

    Question:
    What is the difference between copy paste incident and using several quotations from famous people?

    In my speeches I do it all the time. Quotations or even in some cases jokes are part of speech writing.

    the issue is not the use of quotations or jokes taken from ohters per se, the issue is taking these quotes and jokes into your own speech or work WITHOUT acknowledging the source or the original author. not doing that lays claim to work that you do not own.

  9. Mary Acosta
    April 6, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    The Ateneo is an Academic Institution and being one, it upholds the concept of Academic Integrity and Honesty.

    Oh please! Honesty? Have you had a talk with one of the Ateneo graduate that currently resides in Malacanang regarding the concept of Integrity& Honesty?

    When you have done so then you can next pursue the case against MVP!

  10. handop
    June 22, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    Ateneo also plagiarized its TWO songs, the alma mater hymn and Hail Ateneo hail. They copied it from Canadian national anthem and Fordham University’s alma mater hymn

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