justice del castillo plagiarism case countdown

October 3, 2010 at 1:34 am 6 comments

Updated: 10.24.2010
it could have been like a bodily function that could be dismissed simply with an “excuse me.” but denying it, trying to hide it underneath their black robes, and threatening those who didn’t cover their noses with contempt of court, has made it the loudest fart heard all over the world. you better believe it, the philippine supreme court stinks.

another instance where justice del castillo might have committed plagiarism can be found here.


Updated: 10.15.2010
according to the philippine news media, the supreme court has cleared justice del castillo of any wrongdoing. voting 10-2, it took the justices 1 month, 2 weeks, and 5 days since they first deliberated on aug. 26 to declare that the complaint of plagiarism against their colleague doesn’t have enough legs to stand on. as a result, it was dismissed for lack of merit.

it was a decision tinged by affinity to a fraternal brother and fellow colleague. it was motivated by believing what they wanted to believe. in the process, their integrity to sit on the highest court of the land was compromised. the two women justices who dissented should be commended for seeing through the charade.

please click here for justice maria lourdes p.a. sereno’s dissenting opinion.

although justice del castillo’s ponencia contain copied materials without proper attribution, the justices have concluded that it doesn’t necessarily constitute plagiarism. they accepted their colleague’s assertion that there was “no malicious intent to appropriate another’s work as our own.” it was rather the result of a clerical error committed in the final manuscript where the footnotes were accidentally deleted.

it would have been good if the lifted materials remained unnoticed. without the guotes, they provide an additional kick to del castillo’s arguments. most importantly, they wouldn’t appear twisted or quoted out of context to support his ponencia. would that provide enough motivation to commit plagiarism, though?

i don’t know about you, but i just couldn’t believe somebody like del castillo who’s known among his peers for being meticulous and attentive to details can overlook this kind of mistakes especially on such an important ruling. i feel sorry for the court researcher who took the fall on his behalf. if at all, she deserves a raise and a promotion for being a loyal soldier.

has the plagiarism controversy finally been put to rest? the ruling does smell like lutong makaw for sure, but it’s likely that the supreme court will passionately defend it from detractors. the don’t ask, don’t tell scenario comes into play here. better behave yourself and cover your noses especially if you are in the media or in the law profession. otherwise, you may run the risk of being charged with contempt of court. just remember we’re dealing with the members of the supreme court whose majority consider themselves the law, if not (excuse me), above the law.


a quick resolution should be expected given the international interest, but so far the ethics committee, formed to look into the matter, is unable to issue a ruling. i suspect that their main goal isn’t to seek the truth but to protect their colleague from the truth.


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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. sub  |  October 3, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    why are you so into this case? anything special?

    • 2. plaridel  |  October 4, 2010 at 10:11 am


      i think it’s our civic duty to keep this issue alive. justices of the supreme court should be beyond reproach. after all, it’s the court of last resort. it’s not that del castillo committed plagiarism that makes him unfit to sit in the supreme court. it’s his refusal to admit it given all the evidence to the contrary. it shows a lack of integrity and a weakness of character.

      • 3. sub  |  October 4, 2010 at 10:12 pm

        i see…

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  • 5. Anonymous  |  October 15, 2010 at 2:55 am

    This is an exercise in futility.

  • 6. plaridel  |  October 15, 2010 at 12:17 pm


    i think you’re right.


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