Mark Joseph Solis apologizes in interview video

Mark Joseph Solis is now under the scrutiny of the Chilean embassy and University of the Philippines, College of Public Administration and Governance (NCPAG), where he is currently taking his masteral course.
Mark Joseph Solis
Apparently, Mark Joseph Solis submitted a photo entry and won in the recently conducted contest by the Chilean Embassy in Manila, themed "Smiles for the World". Solis bagged the first prize, which awarded him $1,000 plus round-trip tickets to Chile and Brazil.

What emerged after was the issue that Mark Joseph Solis plagiarized a photo that is originally owned by a certain Brazil-based social entrepreneur and photographer Gregory John Smith. The latter cried foul when Solis used a photo he took sometime in 2006, featuring a kid named 'Elias' in Brazil, contrary to what Solis claimed that the photo was taken in Zamboanga City and the kid's name is Nilo.

Here is the controversial photo:
Smiles for the World photo contest
Smith added that his photo originally bore a caption "Neptune, King of the Sea" and was taken in Rio de Janeiro.
There is really no limit to people’s abuse of others in this world. This is one of my photographs that just won first prize in a contest that I never entered. (Smith)
Meanwhile, Mark Joseph Solis issued an apology during an exclusive interview carried out by 24 Oras, GMA Network.

Solis said, he did the act because of financial reasons. In his own words:
Sorry po sa nagawa ko.. um sa kay Mr. Smith, sa Chilean embassy, sa UP dahil nadadawit sila dito, sa iba pa na nasaktan ko.. humihingi ho ako ng dispensa
Mark Joseph Solis added that, in fact the house they are renting at the moment is also being shared to other tenants to source out their own rental obligations.

Watch the video interview below:
In his personal letter to Mr. Smith, Solis said:
I am writing to you to express my deep remorse and sincerest apologies for claiming your photo as mine
It was a regrettable lapse on my judgment, and no words can express how sorry I am for taking your photo as mine.
According to Mark Solis, he is now talking with the contest organizers for the possible surrendering of his prizes and other things he won.

Stay tuned and updated as the investigations go on over Mark Joseph Solis.

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