Author Riguera warns law students, bar candidates: "Buy only legit books"

Famous law author and lecturer Manuel Riguera issued his warning after a book-a-like seller had been arrested by agents of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI). In a Facebook post, the lawyer said, "Warning and appeal to law students and bar reviewees not to buy infringed or illegally copied or reproduced books, materials, videos and audios. Not only are you doing something gravely evil and immoral, you are endangering your liberty and your chance to be lawyers by subjecting yourself to arrest and incarceration, as well as administrative sanctions by the SC. Note that the use of social media is a special aggravating circumstance under Sec. 6 of the Cybercrime Prevention Act. Support law book authors by buying only legitimate copies and works."

Days before, TV Patrol issued the following report: "Arestado ng National Bureau of Investigation ang isang lalaki dahil sa ilegal na pagpapa-photocopy niya sa mga libro at pagbenta sa mga estudyante. Kakapasa lang umano ng suspek sa Bar exams. Nagpa-Patrol, Niko Baua. TV Patrol, Lunes, 18 Disyembre 2017." Many have reacted with sympathy toward the suspect but even more have expressed outrage. This includes law experts and authors like Rabuya and Sta. Maria.

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