Thursday, November 27, 2008


In Republic v. Cagandahan (G.R. No. 116676, Sept. 12, 2008) the Supreme Court granted the Petition for Correction of Entries in Birth Certificate of the private respondent who allegedly is suffering from Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia (CAH). Aside from addressing an issue that stemmed from novel facts, what makes the decision blog-worthy is the Highest Tribunal’s (mis)use of Wikipedia.

I just can't believe the Supreme Court quoted Wikipedia the way it did! While a lot of us have experienced the convenience of looking up stuff in Wikipedia, I think that it should not be used as an authoritative source. The Supreme Court researchers who drafted this decision are plain lazy. I mean no offense to them but I think that such use of an unedited resource of language is unjustified.

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