Kiko demands SC justice resign for plagiarism

July 31, 2010

Angie M. Rosales
The Daily Tribune
July 31, 2010

Sen. Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan yesterday demanded the resignation of a Supreme Court (SC) justice who has been accused of committing plagiarism in a decision concerning a petition of Filipino comfort women, which the latter had penned.

Pangilinan pressed for the resignation of SC Associate Justice Mariano del Castillo in the light of the raging controversy over purported plagiarism he committed in writing a ruling dismissing the reparation demands of 70 Filipino comfort women.

He said the SC justice should spare the judiciary from embarrassment and “harm” brought about by this issue.

“This issue is not as Justice Del Castillo wants to put it: “A diversion of attention from far more significant concerns”. That comment is totally unacceptable. It is a poor attempt at sweeping dirt under the rug. He should resign from the SC. If he fails to do so, he should be impeached. If a law student can be expelled from school because of plagiarism, more so a Supreme Court Justice.

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