What is the doctrine of willful blindness?

Ignorance of the law excuses no one from compliance therewith.

This is the foundation of law enforcement in the Philippines. A person cannot feign ignorance of the law in order to avoid compliance and the corresponding consequences or liabilities. The primordial reason behind the rule is that it is the person’s responsibility to know the law in the jurisdiction.

What happens if a person willfully avoid learning the law? It does not matter as there is the doctrine of willful blindness.

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