THE ILOCOS TIMES… Bow!


THANK YOU SO MUCH to one of this blog’s readers, Del for informing me about this.

The Ilocos Times, a local publication up north copied my Christmas-themed articles last year and re-printed them as an editorial in the paper’s January 11 to January 17, 2010 issue.

Below the editorial title is a disclaimer of sorts: “The following is an article written by Johnny Mercado.” In all fairness, there was an attribution. Right click here to see the online edition of the paper.

I don’t know who Johnny Mercado is. The last time I checked, my birth certificate says “M****** Landicho” was STILL my real name. [Now you know. Ha-ha!]

The person who alerted me on the Ilocos Times editorial surmised that the “Johnny Mercado” being referred to was Ilocos Times columnist, Juan Mercado. Isn’t he the same Juan Mercado who writes for the Philippine Daily Inquirer? Correct me please if I got it all wrong.

But seriously, Ilocos Times people are legitimate journalists aren’t they? Why the need to copy-paste a compilation of political humor musings to come up with an editorial? Ang daming isyu, ang daming usapin, ang daming pangyayaring puwedeng suriin at busisiin ng mga editors, bakit kailangan pang humiram sa iba?

What were they thinking?

In contrast, Philippine Star columnist William Esposo re-printed the same post in his column last December 31 but he did ask for my permission before he published the article.

Please do not misinterpret this post. Wala po akong kinikita mula sa blog na ito kahit isang sentimo. Kaya konting attribution lang po sana sa mga sinulat ko, masaya na ‘ko.

I hope this piece reaches the staff of The Ilocos Times. Come on guys, you can do better than that. Halimbawa, kopyahin n’yo ang editoryal ng Inquirer o ng Philippine Star. Just kidding.

Sana ket umuna kuma nga inammo yo ta source yo bago kayo nga nagsurat ken nagkopya. Agyamanak!

I’m not mad. In fact, I’m half-flattered. Paano naman ako magagalit eh bigla kong nakita ang larawang ito mula sa GMA News website. President Arroyo recently bestowed the Order of Sikatuna with the Rank of Datu to outgoing US Ambassador Kristie Kenney.


Ano ang angkop na caption, deskripsyon o pamagat sa larawang ito?
A: “O, Gloria, pakabait ka huh. Huwag mong sayangin ang nine years of unwavering support ng Washington sa ‘yo.”
B: “Oo naman. Kaya nga tatakbo ulit ako para maipagpatuloy ko ang aking mga nasimulan na tinolerate n’yo naman!”
C: “If we were guys, they might describe this moment as ‘bromance.’ But since, we’re both women, ito ang tinatawag na ‘breast friends.’”
D: “Mabuti pa ‘yung sa ‘yo, totoo. ‘Yung sa ‘kin, kaliwa na lang ang natural.”
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91 thoughts on “THE ILOCOS TIMES… Bow!”

  1. i know the feeling!!! buti nga di mo inaway. madalas mangyari sa akin iyan. i used to be an online columnist tapos blogger din ako at mga strangers din nagvivisit ng blog ko (hindi kasing sikat mo, though, hehe ) at nabubuwiset ako na ang daming nagke-claim ng mga articles ko as their own (at nilalagay nila sa blog nila na kunwari sila ang nagsulat… alam ko ito kasi tambay ako sa google hehe.) iyong iba naman, nafo-forward ng nafo-forward sa email na walang credit sa akin or sa site na sinusulatan ko. like you, i don’t get paid for writing online articles so umaasa na lang ako na make-credit ako sa mga articles ko na nafo-forward.

    heto ang matindi… even a famous writer (sasabihin ko basta pramis mo di mo ipa-publish kasi nag sorry naman siya sa akin at sinabing ike-credit nya ako sa compilation ng essays niya) used phrases from my article and put it sa article niya… as in verbatim…

    di ko siya kinontak dahil sikat nga siya at mas matanda ng ilang dekada sa akin pero siguro when he googled his name once, napunta siya sa blog ko at doon niya nalaman…

    ang haba ng sinabi ko hehe… sensya… ganyan talaga mga writers, we just cant stop talking…

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  2. pahabol: when i saw my article in another website na may sponsor tapos walang credit sa akin, i printed the webpage and then i told them na maniningil ako ng royalty for using my article. i even talked to my lawyer friend hehe. pero since tinanggal naman na nila yung article, tinamad na ako… this happened several years ago, though, mga six or seven years ago siguro 😀 ikaw, you might consider royalty fee. consult your lawyer. it’s not about the money eh. prinsipyo. saka para sa mga online writers na araw-araw ay nape-plagiarize ng hindi natin alam. 🙂

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  3. awwwww foul! wala nga naman kinikita si Mr. H dito kung hindi pagtawa at praises ng mga readers nya at isa pang ‘nga naman bakit ende editorial ng PDI o Phil Star ang gayahin? hmmm, alam ko na kung bakit kasi daw mas may laman, mas may kwenta, mas masarap basahin ang article na gawa ni Mr. H, kung ikukumpara mo sa mga nabanggit na newspaper, siguro mas babasahin ng tao ang blog na to kesa sa dyaryo. lols.

    Ilocos Times kung gusto nyo po ng mga ganyang klaseng editorial, try nyo ihire si Mr. H baka sakali pumayag hahahaha

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  4. Mr. PH: plagiarism is the highest form of compliment,… este, compliment is the highest form of plagiarism, ano nga ba yoon?

    At the FB fellowship page of Rotarians at R. I. District 3820 (Laguna, Batangas/Mindoro, Quezon, and Bicol provinces), your reprinted post is always featured; you are the best Mr. PH!

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  5. ilocandia’s bastion of press freedom. freedom to copy-paste articles?

    di man lang inorganize pagkkasulat (pgkka-kopya).. ang hirap nya basahin in paragraph form, wlang cohesion..

    and what the? why not s features or column nila un nilagay? the editorial space can have other things to talk about..

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  6. We’re going to have a lecture on journalism ethics later at the UP Baguio auditorium. If you don’t mind, I will site this event to prove how rampant online plagiarism is.

    Actually, I’ve been reading case studies about re-posting online articles in other websites but this is the first time that someone really, unabashedly claimed an online article as his own–to the point of getting it published in a regional newspaper.

    I’m from the Benguet so I could ask my colleagues and professors about the incident. Looking forward to get an interview with The Ilocos Times. Chill.

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    1. We’re going to have a lecture on journalism ethics later at the UP Baguio auditorium. If you don’t mind, I will site this event to prove how rampant online plagiarism is.

      Actually, I’ve been reading case studies about re-posting online articles in other websites but this is the first time that someone really, unabashedly claimed an online article as his own–to the point of getting it published in a regional newspaper.

      I’m from Benguet so I could ask my colleagues and professors about the incident. Looking forward to get an interview with The Ilocos Times. Chill.

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      1. Gosh! And to think how much I admired the “Juan Mercado” sa PDI because kakaiba sya sumulat. I really liked his style. So Atenean, sabi ng kakilala ko nung napag-usapan namin ang mga paborito naming columnists noon. Dunno how Ateneans write. I know De Quiros is one. My kakila, too. Basta ako, hindi Atenista. Guess it really takes one to know one.

        Pero in fairness, the Ilocos Times’ boo-boo is so un-Juan Mercado. Baka nagkamali sila sa pag-attribute dyan. Super magkaiba ang writing style dahil kinopya yung sa yo, verbatim. ‘ika nga, imposibleng kanya ang style ng panunulat dahil lahat ng writers, mey parang “trademark” yan sa pagsusulat.

        Regular readers of PDI’s opinion columnists will agree with me.

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  7. sir PH sa Bohol Chronicle eto ipinalabas ni Juan L. Mercado. sa kanyang intro doon may sinabi siyang galing eto sa isang email. tapos copy paste nang ilocos times without copying the whole article of Juan L. Mercado. tsk,tsk,tsk! nangopya na nga kulang pa yung nakopya…parang grade 1 pupil na nasa section 20 at nakaupo sa row 10 ang gumawa nito..

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  8. plagiarism is a crime.

    Kung walang mention ng source o ‘link back’ indication o kung mayroon ngang source pero iisa lang (ideal is at least three sources to make the details intact), that’s indicative plagiarism. But heck, the one written by this certain Juan M. (wow) was much similar w/ PH’s masterpiece. You’ll be confused kung alin ang original copy eh. Sa tingin ko hindi ka nag-iisa manong Loi.

    Pips try to visit this site for further info: http://jlp-law.com/blog/intellectual-propety-copyright-infringement/

    Manong Loi, you seemed cool and flattered naman. And ayaw mo nun? Para ka na ngang si Loydie ng Greenwich commercial…nag-level up ka na! (3 standard kitchen tables higher hehehe)

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  9. Wake up The Ilocos Times! You’re not paying your editor just to do copy-paste opinions. An editorial should be originally written by an author. Di pwede ang repost at paraphrasing. Tumanda na kayo pero wala naman kayong pinagkatandaan!

    Btw, I am an avid fanatic of your blog. Parang nakakaganti rin ako sa mga pulitiko sa pagbasa ng mga sinusulat mo. An alternative way to attack them. Keep it up! 🙂

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  10. It only means na sikay na sikat si PH!

    One of my friends sent me an email last month which was an exact content of your blog, talagang copy and paste but never your name was mentioned. Well I replied to them that I know the original source of the joke and that was you.

    Sana naman sa mga kapwa ko readers of your blog, kung gusto nilang i-email yung content, isama man lang yung source/website at author. Give credit where credit is due.

    Back to the caption: My Answer is “D”

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  11. stillsexy, ang advance mo naman mag comment, hindi
    mo man lang nahintay na mag react muna ako hahaha…

    topdog, ayan ka na naman ha nang-aasar, nakaka-inis,
    ang hilig mag-umpisa ng away, aba, hindi naman pwede
    na hindi kita papatulan, baka sabihin mo na snub kita haha

    at ano sabi mo? mahilig ako mangupya? excuse me lang,
    ano kaya kinopya ko, ano ako plagiarist?

    at siyanga pala, hindi ko pa nakita picture mo dahil nang
    pumunta ulit ako sa link mo, for several reasons hindi na
    daw pwede ma view kaya if you please, just send it na lang
    sa email ko at sofiasenior@yahoo.com ok?

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  12. Mr. PH, I think that you are a gifted individual and I’m surprised you don’t actually try to earn money by making witty commentaries on social news. Anyway, I find it disturbing that people in media who always claim freedom of expression never bother to know or practice the duties that come with that same freedom. Freedom abused is not freedom at all. I actually don’t read Mr. Mercado or the PDI at all (such unbridled journalism), but your post gave me another reminder why I don’t subscribe or visit their site at all. More power to you. By the way, I do hope you don’t mind if I use your commentaries as examples during lectures.

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  13. i’m an avid reader of your blog but it is my first time to comment here. It really pissed me off that someone who is from a “known” publication would used someone else’s work(sa editorial pa ha). Sure they know the word plagiarism? right..?

    on the other hand, it only proved that your blog is really good..

    no ass kissing here ha.. ^_^ .. btw, your great..

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  14. kilala niyo ba itong agcaoili? ilokano daw ito.

    from http://riknakem.wordpress.com/

    DR. AURELIO SOLVER AGCAOILI, the University of Hawaii professor who publicly called the late President Manuel L. Quezon “stupid” three months ago, has not apologized for what many felt was an arrogant and irresponsible remark.

    I have written about this a moon ago (Brilliant Agca, Stupid Quezon), so let me refresh your memory. Last July, Dr. Agcaoili, a well respected educator and multi-awarded writer, was one of the presenters in the first Mother Language Education (MLE) forum in Ilocos. Held at MMSU Laoag Campus, the activity was attended mostly by teachers from all levels. Students, creative writers, journalists, and politicians were also present.

    A week after, Mark Limon, a teacher from the Department of Education, contributed to The Ilocos Times a news article headlined, “University of Hawaii prof calls Quezon stupid,” which prompted Agcaoili to write a lengthy Letter to the Editor which attacked, in a scathing manner, Limon’s grammatical flaws and minor factual errors. He even insulted the teacher, saying, “Maasiak kadagiti adalan daytoy a maestro a din sa met nakasursuro.”

    Yet Agcaoili, who demanded a public apology from Limon, never clarified whether or not he called Manuel L. Quezon, a former president venerated by many Filipinos as hero, “stupid.”

    Did he? If he did, why?
    Because I was in that forum, I know firsthand that, yes, Agca did call Quezon ’stupid.’ I am trying to reconstruct what I remember he said, and it goes this way, “The ‘One Nation, One Language’ policy is a stupid nineteenth-century measure imposed by this stupid Quezon.”

    In the article I previously wrote, I tried to elucidate the issue and wished that Dr. Agcaoili would eventually clarify what he said and why he said what he said.

    We have not heard from Dr. Agcaoili again, and many readers are disappointed, infuriated even, with his apparent lack of remorse.

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