Category Archives: Legal Wiki

Receivership of Export and Industry Bank (EIB)

The Banko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) announced that the Monetary Board, through MB Board Resolution No. 686 dated 26 April 2012, placed the Export and Industry Bank, Inc. (EIB) under receivership on 26 April 2012. Continue reading

Bloody Paranaque demolition, Lina Law and Anti-Squatting Law

We’ve heard the Lina Law mentioned in the same breath as the bloody demolition in Parañaque City. One is confirmed dead and many injured as residents assault the incoming police column spearheading the demolition in the Silverio Compound. Continue reading

5 Reasons Why Law Students Should Participate in the Legal Wiki Project

I lost count of the times my pc crashed back in law school.  There was always something to discover. One of the neat computer functionality that captured my attention was the hyperlink. The main reason for my fascination with the hyperlink? I didn’t want to stand up when studying. In my defense, that’s not entirely laziness, but a matter of efficiency.

Why should a Law Student participate in the Legal Wiki Project (click here to see the Project)?

1. Be a part of history. The Legal Wiki Project is the first legal wiki in the Philippines. It’s a work in progress, true, but any wiki will always be a work in progress. We all know that neat tool called Wikipedia, the same platform used around 2008 when I started exploring the feasibility of a Legal Wiki, now formally continued at the LawCenter.ph. A “wiki” – which is derived from the Hawaiian word “fast” – is a collaborative website that allows anyone who has access to contribute or modify content.

2. Collaborate with others. The beauty of a wiki is that it allows multiple users to start/edit entries (it also comes with a “discuss” function). Others might have a different vantage point when looking at an issue, so all bases should be covered.

3. Prepare for practice (and bar exams). A dynamic and updated Legal Wiki would contain the basic topics, as well as special issues relating thereto.  The information is there so if (not when) you pass the bar exams, you have a ready research tool that you helped create.

4. Help the people. Ignorance of the law excuses no one. Yet people don’t know the law. It’s an alien creature (the law, not the people). The Legal Wiki could help in this respect.

5. It’s a good research tool. When reading a textbook, say Book 2 in Criminal Law, there are cases cited in the book (besides, there are separate cases assigned by the professors). You stand up to borrow the Supreme Court Reports Annotated (SCRA) — that’s usually one volume for each case because it’s rare that two assigned cases are found in the same volume. Then you stand up to get the separate textbook in Commercial Law because the topic is on estafa in relation to certain commercial transactions. Then you read in the case that a petition was filed with the Supreme Court, so you stand up again to get the Rules of Court textbook in Remedial Law. Imagine doing all that with just a click of the mouse, like in a Legal Wiki.

It’s a really hot summer, but we’ll see in the next months  how cool the Legal Wiki Project could be. Do send me a short email (click here) should you wish to help in the Legal Wiki Project. Please use your real name. Thank you.

Next stop: Why should Lawyers Participate in the Legal Wiki Project.

Guidelines for Litigation in Quezon City Trial Courts: Your Comments on the New Rules

A new set of rules is set to be pilot-tested in Quezon City, effective 16 April 2012. A.M. No. 11-6-10-SC (Guidelines for Litigation in Quezon City Trial Courts) contains provisions that are different from existing rules and practice. Continue reading

Cruelty to Animals: Riding the Butanding

News reports in the past days contain images of various animals being maltreated. A dog was tied to the back of a tricycle and dragged. A pig was transported, also at the back of a tricycle, by tying all feet together and hanging the pig upside down. The photo that got everyone’s attention is that of a girl STANDING on a butanding (whale shark) in Oslob, Cebu. Continue reading

Academic Freedom and the STC “Bikini Girls”

“The issue is not just the bikini. It’s wearing skimpy clothing, acting suggestively, provocatively and sexually. It’s not about teenagers wearing bikinis in the poolside. Dili baya na bastos ang pag wear og bikini [Wearing a bikini per se is not lewd]. To wear a bikini is not a mortal sin,” said Allan Trani, HR Officer of the Saint Theresa’s College (STC) of Cebu City. Continue reading

Calls to Reimpose the Death Penalty

There are talks about the re-imposition of the death penalty because of the increased incidence of heinous crimes in the past weeks. No less than the Chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP) mentioned that it might help in deterring crimes. Continue reading

Human Trafficking (Trafficking in Persons)

There’s a lot of talk recently about human trafficking, or properly known as trafficking in persons. We’ve heard a lot of people stopped/questioned at the Philippine airports and the reason given is human trafficking. What exactly is human trafficking? Continue reading

Wiki Law Project (Philippines)

[Note: Primarily for lack of time, this project has been discontinued.] A “wiki” – which is derived from the Hawaiian word “fast” – is a collaborative website that allows anyone who has access to contribute or modify content. The Wiki Law Project (Philippines) is intended to be driven by its members, principally the members of phBar.org (Bar Exams Forum). This project should contain helpful information about Philippine laws and legal system — always subject, of course, to the disclaimers. Continue reading