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). 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. Good day Atty!

    May concern ako regarding sa standard chartered bank. I enrolled sa amnesty program nila, 8 months to go fully paid na ako. I am asking them to re compute my outstanding bill para ma settle ko na in full kasi sayang yung interest na mag accumulate pa. wala na daw yun re computation pwde ko na daw bayaran in full. 1782.51/month advance payment na wala pa din discount na ibibigay. pwde po ba yun?

    Thank you

    1. Hi, i experienced that also, i was enrolled sa isang amnesty program, pinagpasa nila ako ng requirements at pinag bayad ng enrollment fee.. after ko mag bayad kinontak ko sila para mag ask ng verification letter na sucessful enrolled na ako at pwede na akong mag start mag bayad ng napagkasunduang amount..pero wala akong narinig na reply at sagot sa kanila..After One month may tumawag na naman saking taga ibang company re sa loan ko sa isang Bank, and they want me to paid the whole amount in full. and then someone called me that my name was blocked because of moral damages which is i don’t know.

  2. Good day atty,
    ask ko po kung ano po ba dapat gawin, yung ka live-in partner ko po ang ginagamit niya pong surname sa ngayon ay yung full name na nasa pekeng birth certificate na Lumugdang, hindi rin po namin alam na yung talagang totoo niyang pangalan at surname na MEDALLO ay nakarehistro sa NSO. eh lahat po ng records like sss, pag-ibig, phil health and i.d’s niya LUMUGDANG po yung gamit niya . may 2 na po kaming anak at yung ginamit po nilang apelyido ee MEDALLO. ano po ba dapat namin gawin ? sana po matulungan mo po ako. Maraming Salamat po

  3. Sir.ask ko lang po kong magkano ang gagastusin kong magchange ng birthyear kasi 1968 nakalagay pero ang birthyear ko is 1970 paano po yon ma e process

  4. Hi Sir, fix marriage po ang girlfriend ko sa isang japanese na matanda, that time kc po super stress sya dahil nabuntis sya ng ibang lalaki at bglang naglaho kaya nagpasya ang tita nya na dalhin sya sa japan. Pero denied sya sa japan immigration. After nun naglaho na rin at bumalik sa japan ang japanese na matanda. It’s been 8 yrs abandonment na po siya as in walang komunikasyon both sa matanda kc nga po fix marriage lang. Ano pong mapapayo nyo sa estado niya? Kc po gusto na namen magpakasal sana, pero magagawa lang namen yun pag legal na single na sya…sana po e matulungan nyo kame.

  5. kasal kmi ng asawa ko ofw cya bablibalik nlang cya duon s hongkong pero itong huling uwi nya hnd ko alam nsa probincya n siya at kasama pati kapit nya anu po b dapat kong gawin upang maprusahan clng dalaw

  6. I’ve been married for 1 1/2 years. We already have 1 child. Our relationship is becoming unhealthy for the 3 of us. We have not been happy for a year already, and we would like to have our marriage annulled. Where do we start? Thank you for your time.

    1. Based from the facts that you have given, I dont see any ground for annulment. Try reconciling with one another and settle both your differences.

  7. Atty Pamaos,
    My Partner and his ex-wife has been seperated for the past 11yrs, their children are all at legal age and having their own life. Yesterday, his ex-wife message him and wanting toconfirm proceed with Annulment as this is the right time. She wanted to proceed to Church Annulment. I am single so am ok, What shall we suppose to do first to start with these proceedings…. If we will to able for Church Annulment is that good enough. We are not looking forward of getting married in church anyways even at this age of almost in our 50’s.
    We just want to do the proper way. Considering expense is a lot of Burden too.

  8. I want to ask I have a common partner and both of us are separated but not legally separated both of us are married, we have one child but at the latter part we do have a fight that cause into a misunderstanding. We still live at the same house together with our son but not talking for a year what case can I file for him? Can I ask him to support my child?

  9. Hi po attorney tanong ko lang po, patay na po yung asawa kong una,tapos po nag asawa po ako uli pero ang ginamit ko na name ay yung maiden name ko po,pero yung mga legal documents ko po ay surnane pa po nung namatay kong asawa..okay lang po b yun?

  10. good day po atty!!
    ask ko lang po..kasi po yung inapplayan ko po ngayon pinapirma na ako agad ng contract on the day na nahire po nila ako last june 16, 2016..on the process po nagbackground check po sila and they found out na may issue kami ng last employer yung issue po na yung e setteled na from DOLE pero di po nila inonor..june 26, 2016 nagtxt po ako sakanila kung anu na po update and they come up na iterminate po yung contract na i signed up..nagpasa po ako sa present job ko ngresignation last june 23 effective date po nun july 3 ngayon po wala tuloy akong work bali 5days na po..until now po ala parin sila update..sabi po saken ililipat na lang daw po ako ng account pero until wala parin..name po ng company COLLABERA po..ano po dapat ko gawin?? ang laking abala po ng ginawa nila may dalawang anak po ako at nangungupahan..ala na po kami halos makain naaawa na po sa sa mga anak ko..nakigamit nga lang po aq ng computer e..sana po matugunan nyo po itong liham q sa inyo..eto po contact number ko 09439022023

  11. How about the local registrar is wrong sending the gender the original in my birth is male and the local registrar en code for NSO is FEMALE do. I have to follow 10172 requirements? My original birth certificate I’m MALE when I request NSO copy I’m FEMALE Do I have to spent 10172

  12. good morning… dpo kami nkkabayad ng credit card dhik din po si mga pngyayaring dpo maiwasan nging dhilan pra mgipit at d mkbayad ngaun po me tumatawag po saamin n ngpakilala p pong atty. fredirico pamaos at pilit nya po kmi pngbbyad ng one time. ito nga po ngtxt na ulit prng me kasama npong pananakot n pgdi po kami nkbayad mghhain dw po cla ng warrant pra samin. nun friday po ngtxt po cla s kapitan ng barangay nmin at pnatawag po kami s pulis n ang pangalan ay elmer cabreros at ng makausap po nmin si cabreros ay pnatawg nya din po kami kay atty. fredirico pamaos un nga po pngbabayad pk kmi the same day ng one time pra s utang nmin. ndi ko po alam kng ginagamit po ng taong ito ang pangalan nyo makapaningil lng. tama po ba n sa kapitan p cla ng brangay tumawag na pra cingilin kami? tama po ba na iprovoke nla buhay nmin dhil d kami nkkbayad? ano po ba karapatan ko?

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