Personal Property Security Act (Republic Act No. 11057): Sponsorship Speech under Senate Bill No. 1459

[The Personal Property Security Act, or Republic Act No. 11057,  originated from House Bill No. 6907 under Committee Report No. 550 and Senate Bill. No. 1459 under Committee Report No. 86. For a background what spurred the enactment of Personal Property Security Act, it is helpful to look at the explanations given by the law’s sponsors, including the sponsorship speech of Senator Paolo Benigno “Bam” A. Aquino IV on 22 May 2016. Here’s the full text:] Continue reading Personal Property Security Act (Republic Act No. 11057): Sponsorship Speech under Senate Bill No. 1459

Faster Authentication of Documents under the Apostille Convention

One problem we encounter in law practice, including in cases for recognition of foreign divorce decrees, is the difficulty in securing authenticated copies of the divorce decree and related documents. Authentication of documents is a long and expensive process. Great news — the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) recently announced that the Philippines has acceded to the Apostille Convention eliminating steps in authenticating documents. This Convention will enter into force between the Philippines and other States Parties which have raised no objection to its accession on 14 May 2019. According to the DFA: Continue reading Faster Authentication of Documents under the Apostille Convention

2018 Bar Exam: Information, Discussions, Tips, Questions and Results

Let’s have the usual central post to track and centralize discussions on the preparations, schedule and related information for the 2018 bar examination (those who wish to continue discussing the 2017 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 2018 Bar Exam: Information, Discussions, Tips, Questions and Results

Rule on Precautionary Hold Departure Order (A.M. No. 18-07-05-SC; full text)

[In a Resolution dated 7 August 2018, the Supreme Court En Banc approved the proposed Rule on Precautionary Hold Departure Order. It shall take effect within fifteen days following its publication in two newspapers of general circulation. Here’s the full text of the Rule on Precautionary Hold Departure Order (A.M. No. 18-07-05-SC).] Continue reading Rule on Precautionary Hold Departure Order (A.M. No. 18-07-05-SC; full text)

Unclaimed Bar Diplomas for 1974 to 1999

The Supreme Court’s Office of the Bar Confidant announced, through a notice dated 12 April 2016, that lawyer’s diplomas for the years 1974-1999 can be claimed at the Office of the Bar Confidant. Those who cannot come personally may send an authorization letter, upon showing of a photocopy of the identification card of the lawyer concerned and that of the representative. Continue reading Unclaimed Bar Diplomas for 1974 to 1999

Basic Discussion on Last Will and Testament in the Philippines

The settlement of a person’s estate after his/her death, based on our experience, is potentially one of the more bitter litigations. It’s never good to see relatives fighting each other. Some persons, with the intent of controlling the disposition of his/her properties after his/her death (and hopefully prevent fighting among his/her heirs over the properties left), prepare a “last will and testament”. Let’s have a brief discussion on this matter. Continue reading Basic Discussion on Last Will and Testament in the Philippines

A Compressed Work Week under House Bill No. 6152 (Let’s Not Call it a 4-Day Work Week)

Another unreasonable imposition, I thought, when I first heard about the news that the House of Representatives approved House Bill No. 6152, providing for a compressed work week. My first impression was wrong, it turned out, but let’s talk about that in a while. The misimpression stemmed from the headlines — “House approves 4-day work week bill” (CNN), House OKs bill on 4-day workweek” (philstar), House passes 4-day workweek bill (rappler). The initial impression was this: the 4-day work week will be compulsory in nature. Continue reading A Compressed Work Week under House Bill No. 6152 (Let’s Not Call it a 4-Day Work Week)