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Blackstone’s Ratio: The Repeal of RA 10175

By N Mark Castro

Jurist William Blackstone once posited 1760s that:

Better that ten guilty persons escape than that one innocent suffer.

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“In light of the foregoing criticisms, complaints, and fears wrought by the signing of RA 10175, and after careful and legal deliberations, I, President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino of the Republic of the Philippines, with the powers vested upon me, do hereby legally and categorically revoke RA 10175, otherwise known as the Cybercrime Law.

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Patricide: The Murder of Ninoy Aquino by Noynoy Aquino

By N Mark Castro

For the entirety of his short-lived  life, assassinated political martyr Sen. Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino, Jr. fought for the freedom of the Filipino people from the tyranny of the Marcos Administration. Together with his fellow opposition colleagues, Ninoy used all available platforms at his disposal to speak of the curtailed freedom of a nation mired deeply in Martial Law. He spoke, he wrote, he orated, he debated, he critiqued,  he engaged, he protested, and when that was not enough, he wrote some more. His writings were published wherever it could find ink. And when technology came, his speeches were recorded in Betamax.

Until his fellow fraternity brother, President Ferdinand Marcos, had had enough that he was put in jail on trumped up charges:  rebellion, communism, terrorism or whatever label they could apply upon him. If there was no law that governed his actions, they created one for him. If there was no cell that could hold him, they created one for him.

Yet even from his cell, he could not be silenced … because he wanted to speak for those who were muted, and stood up for those who could not.

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