Identify Theft: Notices or Demands from a Certain Atty. Frederick Pamaos or Atty. Federico Pamaos

I received reports that my name is being used in collection/harassment acts, as well as text/online scams. Allow me clarify that there’s only ONE person with the surname Pamaos listed in the Philippine Supreme Court’s Roll of Attorneys: FRED B. PAMAOS. In other words, there’s only one lawyer, practicing in the Philippines, with the surname Pamaos. There’s NO lawyer named Frederick Pamaos, Federico Pamaos or Frederico Pamaos. If someone claims to be Atty. Pamaos but uses a first name other than “Fred”, that person is a fake. If someone uses the name Fred B. Pamaos, please call the telephone numbers ([02] 927-7673 and [02] 454-1442) of our law office and verify if the notice/demand letter is legitimate. Please check our law firm’s website (jlp-law.com, click here) for other contact details. Continue reading

2016 Bar Exam: Information, Discussions, Tips, Questions and Results

We’re a bit late in posting a separate thread for the 2016 bar examinations, but here it is. As per our tradition, it’s time to have this separate post to track and centralize discussions on the preparations, schedule and related information for the 2015 bar examination (those who wish to continue discussing the 2015 bar exam, go here). The bar results will also be posted here. This post will be updated from time to time. Feel free to drop by and share your updates through the comment section below. As always, good luck and God bless, ladies and gents. Continue reading

Balikbayan Boxes: What OFWs Must Know About Random or Arbitrary Physical Inspection

The sending of balikbayan boxes, especially during the Christmas season, by Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) is a normal phenomenon. Balikbayan Boxes, according to the Bureau of Customs, “are packages of personal effects and/or pasalubongs sent by Filipinos residing or working abroad to their families or relatives in the Philippines to enhance Philippine tradition and culture for the promotion and preservation of strong family ties through love and caring expressed in gift-giving.” Continue reading

Leakage in Commercial Law and Criminal Law, 2016 Bar Exams: No Truth per Bar Exam Chairperson

There are rumors of leakage in Commercial Law and Criminal Law exams last 20 November 2016. On 24 November 2016, the Supreme Court PIO released the undated statement of the 2016 Bar Examinations Chairperson, Justice Presbiterio J. Velasco, Jr., that there’s no truth to these rumors. Here’s the full text of the statement: Continue reading

Cram-Down Clause under the Financial Rehabilitation and Insolvency Act (FRIA) of 2010

Cram-down is the power of the rehabilitation court to approve and implement a rehabilitation plan notwithstanding the objection of the majority of creditors. As noted in the case of Bank of the Philippine Islands vs. Sarabia Manor Hotel Corporation (G.R. No. 175844, 29 July 2013), the “cram-down” clause, which is currently incorporated in Section 64 of Republic Act No. 10142, also known as the Financial Rehabilitation and Insolvency Act (FRIA) of 2010, “is necessary to curb the majority creditors’ natural tendency to dictate their own terms and conditions to the rehabilitation, absent due regard to the greater long-term benefit of all stakeholders. Otherwise stated, it forces the creditors to accept the terms and conditions of the rehabilitation plan, preferring long-term viability over immediate but incomplete recovery.” Section 64 reads: Continue reading