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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