Friday, November 18, 2011

The Arroyo Escapo, Are Filipinos Just Paranoid?

Laws are merely created by men. If I may so rephrase what Justice Pompeyo Diaz once said, the law is the instrument by which one is able to find truth and justice. Furthermore, the law is created for the benefit and protection of a sovereignty's citizenry (whether infractions and offenses had been done then - with considerations for retroactivity; are being done; or will be done). It's unfortunate that given the circumstances, people are constrained and have no recourse but to abide by the rules and mechanisms of the judicial institution, even though a "seeming" majority (I have no statistical evidence) are in agreement that the Arroyos are a "flight risk". In any case, however, the law is the law, and it must be complied with. Independent of my opinions that the Arroyos will do a Marcos self-exile (escape, let things cool down, and eventually return to political power after a few years or decades - I mean, really? They got re-elected to political offices? Wow.) and that they are traveling abroad in bad faith (a Php2 million cash bond is pretty cheap to get out of the country before any charges could be filed against them). With these in mind, the only recourse would be to change our laws/constitution in view of what has happened and is going to happen. Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.

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    1. Your concerns are shared by many bloggers, authors, and content creators all over the Internet. Sufficing to say, the virtual realm is merely a platform and the old media have never been safe even before the inter-webs started gaining the momentum of use among writers. I, personally, can only hope that copiers of ideas are decent enough to credit their sources or readers are vigilant enough to check "who said certain ideas, concepts, opinions, and assertions first". This is what's done in the academe if you were ever subjected to a thesis/dissertation defense at school. Bibliographies, citations, the recognition of sources, and the verification thereof keep the integrity of knowledge building for humanity through academic institutions intact. As far as any pragmatic solution goes, one way would be to find a script (computer programming string of codes) or dhtml (dynamic HTML) codes that you can integrate into your webpage to prevent the DIY COPY-PASTE habit learned by the 90s kids (who are now adult plagiarizers and vultures - I've known some through schooling and the poor teachers being tech-innocent THEN always missed detecting the academic sins committed). It can now be done by anyone who doesn't recognize the evils of plagiarism, I mean barring anyone who's ever found that Zen-like sense of enlightenment in allowing the thieves of the world to rob even the very dignity derived from his capability of willing thoughts to existence (someone "egoless", "prideless" and "generous" in not fighting for that title of ownership for what his mind has produced for the world to know, not know or purposely ignore). The idea of ever establishing who ever came up with an idea first is a challenge in itself, that's why it's best to write them down, publish them online (or through a book and then submit them to reputable academic institutions if you think they'll accept your work) and let the blog entry date as shown by your domain host's system bear witness to when you came up with certain ideas. I've written something about this topic in 2010, here's the link, the blog entry title is ON PLAGIARISM Thank you for dropping by!