Somehow, I regret the fact that I didn’t pay much attention to 2 particular subjects in Med school more than a decade ago – these were Medical Jurisprudence and Legal Medicine. Not because the professor was boring, hell no! He’s one of top MD-ATTY in the country and the legal consultant of most tertiary private hospitals here. Needless to say, he’s not to blame but me; even if he usually came in late to our classes back then, every after night gigs with his band (our prof-doctor-lawyer-high-caliber was also a crooner of a rock band in a hotel in Quezon City- talk about part-time jobs!). Although I passed those subjects with him, I’m not sure if I had absorbed everything. Probably I didn’t give my undivided focus and attention to Legal Med and Med Juris where laws encompassing medical practice and ethics are taught. Sayang talaga! Wish I can find time to read those texts again.
With the never-ending saga of sex videos of a local doctor-turned short-time-celebrity with starlets and models uploaded on the www and with DVD-pirates currently feasting on their marketing strategies to sell their “commodities” as cheap low as PhP 30 a copy, a legal terminology resurfaces from the deepest of my memory. I may not have studied Medical Jurisprudence and Legal Medicine the way I did with Surgical Pathology, Internal Medicine, Ob-Gyne, and Surgery subjects, but with all these brouhaha on local sex video scandals (with parts one, two and and so on!) my two cents worth is the term I remember vividly now -
RES IPSA LOQUITOR, legal term in latin meaning “the thing speaks for itself”.
Do you think Philippine senate should probe deeper on these scandals rather than spending their precious paid time on issues to alleviate poverty, corruption, politics among themselves and other social malignancies?
Your guess is as good as mine! LOL.