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writers of manny pangilinan’s plagiarized speech – 2 ateneo students!

from PDI:

2 new writers

Pangilinan—who also chairs telecommunications giant Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT), where Nebres serves as independent director—is known in media circles to use the services of at least two staff members as his speech writers.

But public relations men who claimed to represent the tycoon in this crisis said Sunday morning that the draft for the March 27 speech was prepared by “two new speech writers.” No names were given.

A PR practitioner who works for Pangilinan on certain projects said the two new writers were “Ateneo students” who “wanted to impress” the tycoon.

“They wanted to come out but Pangilinan insisted that he will take responsibility,” the PR practitioner said on condition of anonymity.

A portion of Pangilinan’s letter to Nebres reads: “I have had some help in drafting my remarks, but I take full responsibility for them.”

source: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/inquirerheadlines/nation/view/20100405-262426/Pangilinan-offers-to-quit-as-Ateneo-board-chair

this is exactly the kind of irony that we were hoping we will not have – pangilinan’s plagiarized speech was written not just by 1 but 2 ateneans! we had previously written here of our fear that the speech writer could be an atenean. we were afraid of this as there are many ateneans in the staff of PLDT.

according to PDI, they are  two ateneo students and they wanted to come out but pangilinan insisted on taking the responsibility. again we applaud pangilinan on this gesture.

we encourage the two ateneo students who wrote pangilinan’s plagiarized speech to come out and identify themselves. we will post their names in this blog and will publish their statements on the matter.

the plagiarized speech has obviously harmed the reputation of one of the country’s most successful and most admired business tycoon. it has also harmed the reputation of your own school, the ateneo. coming out and owning up to your error is the right thing to do and will begin restoring the lost reputations of pangilinan and the ateneo.  save pangilinan, save the school and save yourself.

it’s time to own up – The Ateneo Way.

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make a comment in this post or send us an email at wawam.email@gmail.com if you want to publish a statement on this matter or if you have information on it.

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  1. jeff
    April 5, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    Well, you know, on my graduation in the late 90s, a certain high ranking Jesuit delivered a very moving speech to us. It marked me for life. The year after, I attended my sis’ grad since she was a batch lower than me in Ateneo. Would you believe the same high ranking Jesuit gave the same exact speech?! It’s not exactly plagiarism but I felt a little cheated.

    • April 5, 2010 at 10:14 pm

      i think you should tell that jesuit about this. i understand your feeling of being cheated.

      • jeff
        April 5, 2010 at 10:41 pm

        If Ateneo hasn’t changed the format of the graduation rites, I suppose he’s still the same Jesuit who’s required to give a speech to the graduating batch. I hope he takes a hint. Oh, one other trivia… If I’m not terribly mistaken, MVP was also our commencement speaker back then.

  2. April 5, 2010 at 10:49 pm

    how many times has that jesuit delivered the same speech at the ateneo?

  3. karen
  4. James
    April 6, 2010 at 1:21 am

    Hi. Yes it is commendable when Mr.Pangilinan insisted on taking full responsibility, but still, this issue will hound The Ateneo unless the said institution will be strong enough to admit that ateneans committed plagiarism behind MVP, and that if the two does come out, the Ateneo should strip them off of their degrees…given that The Ateneo abhors Academic Dishonesty in their policies. However, if the students of The Ateneo are not fairly informed regarding Academic Dishonesty, then it is improper for the institution to do the stripping. Then it becomes a complete stain on the Academic Integrity of The Ateneo.

  5. BrianB
    April 6, 2010 at 5:19 am

    They have a more complete list of plagiarized writers at huffington post, including a re-write of a famous paragraph from Conan O’Brien’s speech:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/04/05/philippine-graduation-spe_n_525704.html

  6. Rish
    April 6, 2010 at 10:31 am

    This is such a shame for Ateneo. I am an Atenean myself and the school strongly abhore plagiarism in all forms of assignments, research and academic writings. It’s such an irony that the act is committed not just by one but two Ateneans. I think the school should do something about this.

    • April 6, 2010 at 10:34 am

      ateneo in last night’s tv newscast said the writers are not ateneans.

  7. April 7, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    that’s why i don’t believe in BIG schools such as ateneo, la salle and the like…it’s not the academic nor the excellent standards that they pursue..these are all external aesthetics to make one individual look great but in reality they are full of scars….i don’t mind hiring or getting people from different school as long as they have the right attitude…

  8. April 7, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    that’s why i don’t believe in BIG schools such as ateneo, la salle and the like…all their academic standards that they always advocate..these are all external aesthetics to make one individual look great but in reality they are full of scars….i don’t mind hiring or getting people from different school as long as they have the right attitude…

  9. Elena Pablador
    April 8, 2010 at 8:06 am

    Rish :
    This is such a shame for Ateneo. I am an Atenean myself and the school strongly abhore plagiarism in all forms of assignments, research and academic writings. It’s such an irony that the act is committed not just by one but two Ateneans. I think the school should do something about this.

    You guys are really unbelievable! You are up in arms for something so petty like plagiarism when there are countless acts of corruption in government that you don’t care to react or do something. Ateneo “boasts” as one of the top schools in the country. Your law school is said to be one of the best (after UP of course) and yet where are your graduates when it comes to fighting corruption?
    You are very good at writing your complaints. But when it comes to do something about it in actions…nada…zit…0!

    Couch Seat Complainers!

  10. ateneodecagayan
    April 8, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    Nah. Meron akong feeling etching lang yon ng PR practicioner, kunwari may 2 new speechwriters and they are the ones to blame and they wanna come out but was barred from doing so by MVP who took full responsibility. Magaling na ideya, pero di ako naniniwala.

    Meron na palang previous similar incident yan si MVP, according to the NYT article. At mukhang mahilig sya magbasa ng mga cool grad speeches, like many Ateneans. Eh, naku, dami kaya sa mga well-read, mga good copiers din, kasi sobra silang nasasarapan sa mga words they really wish they uttered the words themselves, kaya hayun! Parang tukso din yan na di madaling iwasan.

    Ganito: Accept MVP resignation from board, rescind honoris causa. Then a few months later (Pinoys have short memories and very forgiving hearts), give MVP another plum role or honor. We after all need his billions in donor money.

  11. ateneodecagayan
    April 8, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    Sabi ng pamangkin ko sa Ateneo Grade School, pede pala mangopya at mandaya at maging tanyag na bilyonaryo? Sagot ko, yes, kiddo, pedeng pede!!

    Thank you MVP for your service and support to ADMU, but you HAVE to give back both board role and honorary degree, as a matter of HONOR. Just the right thing to do, or else, maging KURAP lang tong pamangkin ko at ibang mga bata.

  12. Lucky Manzano
    April 9, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    Resigning from Ateneo is not enough. The most honorable thing for MVP to do is to return the honorary degree(s) accorded to him by Ateneo. I’ve read somewhere that he has a doctorate (honoris causa) from Ateneo.

    And he should also divulge the identities of his speech writers, especially when Ateneo officials have denied reports that those speech writers were from Ateneo, at least to remove the cloud of doubt and shame from the university.

    It is also not enough for that Ateneo official to just say those writers were not Ateneans or else it would just be a case of covering up your own mistakes. Identities should be revealed to completely erase the shame this has brought the school. It’s okay for those culprits to be revealed since that will be their punishment.

  13. Konoswa
    April 10, 2010 at 4:24 am

    To MVP: Return the degree of HONORIS CAUSA, and file IRREVOCABLE resignation of board position. These must be done to make a complete atonement of the cheating offense committed.

    To Fr. Nebres: You should call it a spade; regardless of color dealt. You say MISTAKE? Should lightning strike twice, can an Ateneo student, on the dock for PLAGIARISM, quote you on this? Your use of the term MISTAKE, was a mistake along the standard of Fr. Cantalamessa’s mistake (comparing Holocaust with cleric pederasty).
    Remember what Fr. Dela Costa wrote about split-level Christianity. Ethical principles also demand consistency—in the classroom, or boardroom.

    The 3rd paragraph falls flat in the face, it was ruffling feathers not yet ruffled!

    Your reply hints at compassion and empathy for MVP, but you are prolonging the guy’s agony by going to huddle still with cohorts, then back to MVP with the results. Your slip is showing symptoms of Peter principle.

    If you must grieve for MVP, then do so by his side.
    Your saving grace, at least, was not calling it a mere faux pax!

    Plagiarism is what it is, and the apology of MVP suffices under these circumstances. But were this a case of paper chase for grades, I shudder to think the failing mark the hapless student receives after thorough rinsing and wringing by the professor, Dean Wanbol, and dear parents. Worse, being kicked in the butt with a disHONORable DISMISSAL to boot!

    To 2 Ateneo writers: admit to your participation, and henceforth refrain from writing, whether of the spooky or nom de plum kind, except when hired by anyone from the GREEN side of town. Seriously.

  14. therese
    April 10, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    i wouldn’t call taking responsibility for the speech “gallant” at all. the man had no choice. had he blamed the speech writers, he’d be called a puppet. a business leader should not be seen as someone mouthing words without meaning them or taking responsibility for them. when he delivers a speech to his stockholders about how well (or badly) his company is doing, that’s the chair of pldt talking- not his speech writer. he has to take responsibility for this speech because not doing so will make him lose credibility for everything else he has said in the past.

  15. Ben Navarro
    April 10, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    Therese,
    Have you not heard of Speech Writers? There is such a profession. The deliverer of the speech tells the speech writer the gist of what he wants to say and general outlines. The speech writer then proceeds to make (or copy) the speech.
    You trust your speech writers the same way you trust your accountant, secretary, security guard to do their assigned jobs.
    You have no way to check each and every sentence of the speech in the same way that you do not check the report of your branch manager or secretary.

  16. Therese
    April 11, 2010 at 1:22 am

    ben,
    have you not heard of command responsibility? manny pangilinan was the one who was invited to speak, not his speech writer. when he addressed the crowd in that gathering, people listened because it’s manny pangilinan speaking. why did he pass off his speech writer’s words as his own when he can’t take responsbility for them? are you saying it’s only acceptable to pass off your speech writer’s words as your own when they’re effective and original? if a public figure cannot vouch for what his speech writers will have him say, then it’s best he shut up and not deliver the speech at all. who cares if he checked the speech himself or not? the fact that he passed off the speech as his own means he must take responsibility for it. it’s just common sense. i don’t know why this escapes you. you’re obviously patronizing enough to assume that i don’t know what a speech writer’s job is.

    this news has already reached a global audience, thanks to the new york times and the bbc. it was very painful to read. ateneans making excuses for manny pangilinan are just aggravating the situation. mvp has been taking all the necessary steps to redeem himself – he has apologized and resigned. he did not make excuses for himself, and i don’t think other people should either. only in the philippines is a man caught red-handed “admired” for his apology. it’s ridiculous. the sooner people let mvp wear his badge of shame, the sooner he’ll be able to win his credibility back. and i have no doubt he can do that.

  17. Ben Navarro
    April 11, 2010 at 7:44 am

    Therese,
    Do you know how many speech MVP makes in a week? He is a member & officer of several business clubs, civic groups, sports organization, charity event group and what have you. Do you think he can write all of those speeches?
    Do you also think that arrovo writes all her speeches? Do you think Oprah writes all her speeches? There are contracts between speech writers and speech givers wherein the IP is transferred from the writer to the giver.
    I really doubt if MVP can check all of the speeches written for him.

  18. Therese
    April 11, 2010 at 9:27 am

    ben,
    jesus christ. have i not made my point clear? i KNOW what a speech writer does. i’m AWARE of the volume of speeches business leaders have to give. my point is, IT’S NOT AN EXCUSE. every time a public figure makes a speech, written by himself or not, those words are treated as if they were his. the pub. fig. puts his name on the line. who is credited for the lines “it’s not what you can do..” ? was it JFK’s speech writer? no. are we now to credit public figures only for their good speeches but pass the buck to their speech writers for the unsavory ones? can a business leader now nitpick on which speeches he will take responsibility for based on the plagiarism (or lack thereof) committed by his staff in drafting them? when obama offended the people of las vegas after he alluded in a speech to how americans should tighten their belts and stop throwing their money away in the city, he had to issue another press release to apologize. he did not, and cannot, blame the legions of white house speech writers for inserting that line in his speech. that’s called COMMAND RESPONSIBILITY. why do you think MVP owned up if blaming his writers would get him off the hook? simple. blaming his speech writers WILL NOT GET HIM OFF THE HOOK AND WILL CAUSE HIM EVEN MORE EMBARRASSMENT.

  19. Therese
    April 11, 2010 at 9:52 am

    did i say nitpick? i meant hand pick. i’m taking responsibility for everything i’ve said so far except for that mistake. that was my speech writer’s fault.:/

  20. Ben Navarro
    April 11, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    Therese,
    I don’t think you know what a speech writer really does because you keep on saying MVP has command responsibility.
    Jesus Christ too Therese. You are definitely not from a catholic school. It is a SPEECH Therese. MVP did not set a time bomb in some mosque in Afghanistan. What kind of actions for “taking responsibility” are you suggesting here? He sells all his shares of PLDT and go live on a mountain? Or he writes 1000x on a blackboard somewhere in Ateneo’s gradeschool room the words “I will check on my speech using google before I deliver them to make sure it was not used by anyone since the 1st century AD.”

    Get on with your life Therese. There are other more important battles to be fought instead of this one.

    • April 13, 2010 at 12:19 am

      yes certainly paniglinan has command responsibility.

  21. Therese
    April 11, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    ben,

    i already mentioned that mvp did the right thing for TAKING RESPONSIBILITY for what has happened – he owned up, apologized, and resigned. i don’t recall asking for his head. i simply find the usage of words like “admiration” and “gallantry” to describe his apology a tad superfluous. and i think it best we leave time bombs and mosques alone, don’t you? (a straw man argument – really? you wanna go there? tsk tsk)

    i don’t get why you are making excuses for manny pangilinan, when he himself isn’t. it seems mvp understands the ethics of speech writing differently from you too.:/

    i’m an atheist actually. ironically, it’s my many years of catholic school that have strengthened my disbelief in its nonsense. and asking me to leave you alone is like the pot calling the kettle black. you shouldn’t have addressed your comment to me if you didn’t want me to defend my position – or maybe i just thought you were being a patronizing douchebag.

  22. ateneodecagayan
    April 12, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    ALAM NYO, ETONG LAHAT NA NANGYAYARI NGAYON, MORO MORO NA LANG, ZARSUELA. ALL THESE OPINIONS YOU HAVE EXPRESSED, GANITO RIN ANG NASA KALOOBAN NG ATENEO ADMIN. KASO, NAGING PROSTI NA SILA NG PERA NI MVP. HINDI NAMAN SIGURO GREED, I THINK KELANGAN TALAGA NILA YUNG PERA. KAYA HAYAN, MORO MORO NA LANG, KUNWARI HINDI NILA PINANDIDIRIHAN ANG MISTAKE NI MVP, KUNWARI HINDI GRAVE MISTAKE. PATAY, FROM THIS DAY ONWARD, ATENEO STUDENTS ARE GETTING VERY BAD EDUCATION, DIRECT FROM THE UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT AND BOARD CHAIR THEMSELVES. OUR MAIN “TEACHERS” NAGKONTSBAHAN. TAENEO DE MANILA, HAAY.

  23. April 13, 2010 at 12:18 am

    Ben Navarro :

    Therese,
    Have you not heard of Speech Writers? There is such a profession. The deliverer of the speech tells the speech writer the gist of what he wants to say and general outlines. The speech writer then proceeds to make (or copy) the speech.
    You trust your speech writers the same way you trust your accountant, secretary, security guard to do their assigned jobs.
    You have no way to check each and every sentence of the speech in the same way that you do not check the report of your branch manager or secretary.

    his speech being written by speech writers does not absolve pangilinan of wrong doing. in fact pangilinan was smart enough to know that, hence his offer of resignation.

  24. April 13, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    I already posted a comment at Sub Star, where I said, after Pangilinan admitted his “mistake,” that Pangilinan hadn’t really apologized to his victims: The authors of the speech (Oprah. Rowling, etc.).

    Thanks for giving me this audience.

  25. Rey Angeles
    April 14, 2010 at 8:52 am

    MVP gives a speech with plagiarism.

    MVP is caught. MVP weighs his options. MVP is greatly embarrassed. MVP apologizes.

    MVP resigns from the board.

    MVP says he will continue his support of Ateneo sports. MVP will not reveal if he knew the speech contained plagiarism before he gave the speech.

    What else do we want MVP to do? What else can MVP truly do aside from killing himself?

    BUT what the Ateneo’s Board decides to do is another thing. MVP is not Ateneo and the Board is not MVP.

    Ateneo has a tradition and name to protect. These tradition and name are rooted in 150 years. They may go another 150 years from now.

    Ateneo has spawned heroes. Ateneo has grown leaders of corruption as well. Ateneo has influenced the Philippines for good and for evil. Which tilts the balance? That is good for Ateneo to know.

    How will Ateneo define itself now? Its action on the MVP apology and resignation will define itself.

    Ateneo is now put to a test.

    Is its slogan, Man For Others, just a silly slogan or can it really stand the winds of the times?

    Careful, Ateneo Board, you are weighed not just for yourself but for what Ateneo stands for.

    As for me, it is good to put to the test what we stand for and to discover who we really are. Only then, we can make changes for the better.

    REY ANGELES
    AB Economics 1970
    Ateneo de Manila

  26. Agnes Marasigan
    April 14, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    How I wished that Ateneans also went all out when FG & GMA were caugth with their hands in the ZTE deal. Isn’t the FG also from the Ateneo? Isn’t it also a similar case of dishonesty?
    Are you being selective in your cause? Yung kaya nyo lang ang binabatikos ninyo?

  27. dangal asul
    April 17, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    I CANNOT BELIEVE THAT THIS THING BECAME A CONTROVERSY.

    WHAT’S SURPRISING ABOUT THIS? WHAT’S NEW? WHAT’S UNUSUAL?

    IF YOU PUT THIS IN A PROPER CONTEXT – TIME, PEOPLE, ATTITUDE, GENERAL CULTURE, QUALITY OF EDUCATION, EXTENT OF KNOWLEDGE, PENCHANT FOR DOGMA, PEDOPHILES FOR AUTHORITY — IT COMES AS NO SURPRISE – THIS IS THE PREVAILING TREND, THE BLUE WORLD ORDER, THE ATENEO WAY.

  28. JGLM
    April 17, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    Agree ako sa iyo Agnes. Sana nga binatikos din nila si FG.

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