Albert Francis E. Domingo, MD

my flight of ideas

From Guilty Pleasure to Medicinal Measure: Evolving Cannabis Policy in the Philippines

When is a drug “therapeutic” as opposed to “recreational”? The first term connotes an established usage in clinical medicine, while the second implies use for leisure with attendant state intervention in varying degrees across multiple jurisdictions. Cannabis, which is more commonly known as marijuana, has the primary psychoactive ingredient Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC); other molecules found in […]

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Reasonable Doubt is like “Tinga”

I agree with my Brod JR Dela Cruz in observing that Lejano v. People (G.R. No. 176389, December 14, 2010) that decided the Vizconde massacre case effectively compared reasonable doubt to detritus in between teeth, better known and appreciated in the vernacular as “tinga”. Said the Court: In our criminal justice system, what is important […]

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How the Law Looks at the History of Health Care

This excerpt from Professional Services v. Agana (G.R. No. 126297) is telling of how Philippine Law (as symbolized by our Supreme Court which decided the case) views the history of health care: Until the mid-nineteenth century, hospitals were generally charitable institutions, providing medical services to the lowest classes of society, without regard for a patient’s […]

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