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Rappler has taken down the article, titled, “The state of HIV epidemic in the Philippines,” which was originally published on this page on December 1, 2023, under the byline of Jezreel Ines.
Our internal investigation found that considerable parts of the article had plagiarized a research paper authored by Louie Mar A. Gangcuangco and Patrick C. Eustaquio, titled, “The State of the HIV Epidemic in the Philippines: Progress and Challenges in 2023,” published on April 30, 2023.
No proper attributions were made to the paper and its authors, and the article’s structure and flow also bore strong similarities with the paper. These were in violation of professional and ethical standards in journalism and research.
We deeply regret this incident, and apologize to Dr. Gangcuangco and Dr. Eustaquio and to our readers for this lamentable editorial lapse.
We value transparency and integrity in our work, and we are taking steps to make sure this does not happen again. Rappler is working toward a just resolution of the incident with the personnel involved who will have to be taken to task and held accountable. Rest assured that corrective measures are being taken.