Last week I wrote about the indicative plagiarism that happened in Philippine Star. Afterwhich, I sent an email to the editor and provided the link to the original article in New York Times, for them to compare the obvious ‘copying’ made by one of their writers, Mayenne Carmona. Till date, the editor never responded through an email. However, as I was checking the online version of the related article since then, I am relieved that it was already taken out/deleted since last week.
I don’t mind not being responded by the editor. But the mere fact that they deleted the article was more than an acknowledgment of their shortcomings (rather than saying a big fault by the editor, the writers are presumably writing in good faith) and irresponsible writing.
Until yesterday, I got a comment from Bette, one of the readers of this blog. She wrote,
because of this post, inabangan ko tuloy if she will say something. aba! last sunday, she wrote a very short apology in her column. you might want to check it out.
The Philippine Star and other local broadsheets from the Philippines are not available in UAE. Hence, I have no idea how the very short apology in Mayenne Carmona’s column went out. So if you have the means to track what she actually wrote in last sunday’s issue, you may refer to it (and share with us).
I have nothing against Philippine Star and Mayenne Carmona. It’s just that I regularly read New York Times (where she copied an article), and I occasionally browse Philippine Daily Inquirer, Philippine Star and other broadsheets’ online version. Regardless of the newspaper, I will do the same. I’m no professional writer but just a blogger enjoying my little space in the blogosphere. But I think it’s my (and yours, too) responsibility ‘to police’ anything that is too obvious to miss.
But I must say, that because of that ‘copying’ made by Mayenne Carmona, I sort of doubted her previous writings. I mean, how much of those were sugarcoated? Generally, it didn’t only affect Ms. Carmona. But the impression on Philippine Star itself, other broadsheets, and to top it all, all the Filipino writers.
Whether we are writers, professional bloggers, or not, I hope we all learned something from this. It wouldn’t hurt to be responsible in action and in words.