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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

The Hong Kong Visa Issue

On 29 January 2014, two days before the Chinese New Year, Hong Kong leader Leung Chun-ying announced that Hong Kong authorities have decided to suspend visa-free travel for Filipinos to HongKong. He added that the decision is limited to Filipino officials holding diplomatic and official passports. This move is meant to punish Philippine authorities for refusing to issue a formal apology for the Quirino Grandstand massacre. Continue reading