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Listen up, kids! Masbate’s Jason Arevalo lectures “few basics” in criminal law

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Masbate Senior Provincial Board Member Jason Arevalo has shared a few basic principles in criminal law.

Arevalo’s lecture came after the National Bureau of Investigation summoned Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto to explain his side for possible violation of the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act, for his acts done before the said law was enacted.

Arevalo said:

1. There is no crime if there is no law punishing it.

Note: Ask when Bayanihan Law was published in the Official Gazette.

2. Penal laws are applied prospectively. Never retroactively.

Note: Assuming one’s prior act is criminalized in a subsequent law, still there will be no crime, much less criminal liability, as penal laws are applied prospectively.

3. Dagdag lang (hehe). Penal sanctions are imposed against people for doing “bad,” not for doing “good.”

“So Vico, no worries. You’re good. God bless you and the people of Pasig. And yeah, may this country have more of your kind,” said Arevalo.