This law blog (attyatwork.com), is the personal blog of Atty. Fred Pamaos that contains discussions  on various legal subjects including the internet and technology, family law, labor and HR, contracts and business, money and banking, intellectual property, political and constitutional law. This blog also contains general topics that may or may not be related to the law, including entrepreneurship and work life.

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Nothing in this blog shall be attributed to professional connections that I have (past, current or future), including JLP-Law. No legal advice is dispensed here (see Terms and Conditions). This is a discussion platform and everybody is encouraged to share ideas on the covered topics. I may not be able to follow threads  due to time constraints, which means I may not be able to address each and every point raised.

Why blog?

Learning is a continuous process. Tinkering with internet tools comes with the bonus of better understanding how existing laws apply to the third wave — that of technology, particularly relating to the internet. This is my field work, so to speak, to reinforce actual legal work involving the internet and technology.

This law blog enables discussion and interaction in various topics. It also enables me to learn coding, explore various computer/internet tools, and observe the world wide web. It’s one thing to dissect internet-related laws in court or in a formal paper; it’s another matter to experience, first hand, how technology fits into — or, more often than not, spills over — the legal structure.

Learning is a wonderful thing. We can agree to disagree, maintaining respect. Learning can be done outside the confines of a classroom and the traditional notion of education. No one has a monopoly of ideas and knowledge.  The informal nature of a blog should give each participant a wide latitude in discussing issues and presenting his/her point of view.

Why a law blog?

The law is perceived as something alien; a set of esoteric words that confuses the people who are supposed to be governed by it. This is unfortunate, primarily because ignorance of the law excuses no one. The law permeates ALL aspects of our lives – BEFORE until AFTER we die. Hence, it’s better to get to know this legal alien a little more.

A lawyer’s function is not limited to the representation of his clients, but also includes the task of disseminating the law to the public. Each lawyer is an officer of the Court who is tasked to aid in the achievement of justice in its broadest sense. This includes the dissemination of the most basic concepts of Philippine laws  to the very people from whom the law emanates. A blog is a great medium to disseminate and discuss ideas across borders, time, color or creed.

It is my sincere hope that this law blog, also known as “blawg”, would be of help to bring the law closer to the persons/entities it governs. For those who take time to discuss various points of discussion, thank you. For those who already expressed their appreciation, thank you. Your kind words add fuel to this blog’s search for its place under the internet sun.

Brief history

In 2005,  Atty.Fred discovered blogging during an extended paternity leave. Out of the experiment in various free internet platforms came the first independent blog, attyatwork.com. This site, as well as other sites, are in a constant flux consistent with the concept of “creative destruction”. Tinkering with internet tools means never-ending changes.

In September 2010, a concerned reader noted the inaccessibility of this blog. It remained inaccessible for a few palm-itching days, so a new site was created to house the backup. The other site, fredpamaos.com, was created, although another problem soon emerged — that site lost its initial purpose when attyatwork.com came back online.

There would be too much duplication if general legal issues are discussed in that other site. This is already done here and at Philippine e-Legal Forum. So the other site would be focused on electronic commerce and the internet. While we could simply continue the law-internet discussions here, going into the finer details and trying to provide answers to endless questions may be boring and too geeky to the readers. These issues and topics could be vigorously explored at fredpamaos.com, with the convenience of jumping from one issue to another by the mere click of a link. Add the available resources of the world wide web and we have a wonderful learning tool.


  1. I was married at 17yrs old but they make my age 18 and with may parents consent ..i expirience totaly brotal abuse with my intire married life and he is also a drug adict alcoholic jobless sense we get married and bring other lady and have sex inside our house infort of our 2 kids ..iwas seperated now for 15yrs and totaly no suport abandonment ..is it posible to file annulment like this kind of case

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  2. i am married to my current husband an american,and waiting for my visa but i am confuse coz some says my divorced with my ex husband who is a japanese will not be recognized here in philippines..What can i do my visa might be delayed

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  3. Atty hihingi lang po ng legal advice. May hcbc cc po ako at ang outstanding bal ay nsa 112k. 8mos po ako d nkabayad dhil sa hindi na kaya ng sweldo ko. Lumipat ako ng company, hindi po ako nagupdate ng contact details. Khit nsa bgong company nko patuloy p dn po ako sa pgbayad khit minimum hanggang s nahirapan na po ako mgbayad. After 8 mos natrace po ng collection agency ang bgo kong kumpanya at nakontak ako. Nung unang pagsagot ko ang sbe ay may bibisita dw skin s office anytime from their legal team at makakasuhan ako ng criminal case dhil hindi ko inabisuhan ang bangko nung lumipat ako ng kumpanya. Sbe po po pkiemail nlng po ang payment arrangement skin. Nung nakita ko po pumalo na po sa 155k ang utang ko at kung mkkbayad ako the next day ng 129k eh fully paid nko. Pinakiusapan ko po na irextend pa ang deadline. In one week time nkapagbayad po ako ng 64,000.00 na nahiram ko po sa kaibigan. Ung remaining na balanse ay kailangan kong bayadan in after 1 wk ulit. Sine wla nko mahiraman ng gnung kalaking amount, makakasuhan p din po b ako ng criminal case dhil sa hindi ko pgupdqte ng contact details s bangko? Since
    Willing nman po ako bayadan ung natirang balanse kailangan ko lng po ng time pra mkahanap ng pera. Pls help po

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  4. hi po, ask ko lang po panu po kpag yung parents ko 18 years ng hindi nagsasama. Yung father ko may kinakasama na at may anak na din ng 3.. at ang mOther ko nagkaaanak dn po 2 sa isanG tao pero hndi po cla nagsasama.. ask ko lang po kung wala na po bang bisa ung kasal nila kc nga 18 years na clang hiwalay?..

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  5. Atty. Ako po ay hiwalay sa asawa ko dahil pag nag aaway po kami lagi ako pinagbubuhatan ng kamay sinasabi niya di na niya uulitin pero pag sobra siyang nagagalit sinasaktan na naman ako hanggang sa dumating sa punto na iniwanan ko siya.Kinasal po ako sa huwes pero hindi ko naman gusto kaya lang nagkaanak kami isa.Ngayon gusto ko po magpa annul anu po ang gagawin ko.Magkanu po at gaanu katagal?

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  6. Hi Atty,

    I’m Matet 28y/o seperated for 2-3 years na. It was a mutual desicion to seperate ways but then I found out a week ago that he change his religion from being a Catholic to a Muslim kc his based in Doha Qatar and working there, pero nung kinasal kame Catholis siya. Now he’s married to his converted Muslim wife na.

    What can i do about it? Meron po ba akong legal step na pwede kong gawin. Though i don’t have plans on saving our marriage pero sana man lang inaus muna ang annulment bago sia nagpakasal ulit and not this way.

    I hope attorney na matulungan mo ko sa query ko.


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  7. Hello po attorney. Kindly ask about divorce recognition in
    Philippines. How much will it cost? And what requirments should be needed? How many months does it take? Do I have to go to philippines?

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  8. hi atty. ask lng po ako plan ko sanang mgfile ng annulment this month i live in tagum city and ex is from davao city. ok lng ba sa manila kami kumuha ng atty. at dun mgfile ng annulment? thank you

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  9. Hello atty.

    Hingi sana ako ng advice..8 years na kaming hiwalay sa asawa q..walan comunication at hindidin sya nag soporta sa mga bata…pwede ba akong mag file ng abandoned of married ?

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  10. What if nagpakasal yung girl in span of 3 weeks, twice lang sila nag meet out of severe depression when the other party has been in manic depression and psychosis for years. And the other party took advantage by giving false information to the girl. And they got married using a fixer, iba ang date ng kasal sa nakasulat sa marriage contract, walang marriage license, ang solemnizing officer tinawag lang sa gate and later na discover ng girl na may criminal at prostitution record pala ang lalaki plus the emotional and financial abuse his doing to her.. how to address this case and can the girl file a declaration of nullity for voidable marriage instead of the regular annullment case.

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  11. Ask ko Lang what po requirements and how much po ang kakailanganin mgfile ng judicial divorce decree. How many months po ang sa court? Divorce po ako sa Japan Kaso ang problem Hindi ko ps naifile sa Philippine embassy ang report of divorce ok Lang ba na dito n sa pilipinas ayusin ang lahat

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  12. Hello po..ask k lng po kng same procedure ang mgpa annual k kc kasal po aq s mayor..madali b ma annual po b un

    Thank you po looking forward for your response.

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