Tag Archives: Philippines

Death Penalty in the Philippines

The incumbent President of the Philippines favors the reimposition of death penalty, also called capital punishment, for certain criminal cases. The lower house of Congress — the House of Representatives — has started the legislative process to enact a law reimposing the death penalty (see House Bill No. 1, proposaing a Death Penalty Law). The debate between those who support the death penalty (“reimpositionists”) and those who oppose it (“abolitionists”) is gaining momentum. With this development, it might be helpful to revisit the history and nature of death penalty in the Philippines. [Feel free to join the discussion, present the pros and cons of the pending bill, through the comment section below.] Continue reading

Discuss: Minimum Age of Criminal Responsibility Act (House Bill No. 2; Full Text)

[House Bill No. 2 seeks to amend Republic Act No. 9344, as amended by Republic Act No. 10630, and reverting the minimum age of criminal responsibility from fifteen (15) years old to nine (9) years old. It was filed at the House of Representatives (First Regular Session, 17th Congress); introduced by Cadiz Representative Fredenil H. Castro and co-sponsored by Davao del Norte Representative Pantaleon D. Alvarez. To aid in the productive discussion of the subject matter, the complete text is reproduced in this post. Discuss using the comment section below.] Continue reading

Identify Theft: Notices or Demands from a Certain Atty. Frederick Pamaos or Atty. Federico Pamaos

I received reports that my name is being used in collection/harassment acts, as well as text/online scams. Allow me clarify that there’s only ONE person with the surname Pamaos listed in the Philippine Supreme Court’s Roll of Attorneys: FRED B. PAMAOS. In other words, there’s only one lawyer, practicing in the Philippines, with the surname Pamaos. There’s NO lawyer named Frederick Pamaos, Federico Pamaos or Frederico Pamaos. If someone claims to be Atty. Pamaos but uses a first name other than “Fred”, that person is a fake. If someone uses the name Fred B. Pamaos, please call the telephone numbers ([02] 927-7673 and [02] 454-1442) of our law office and verify if the notice/demand letter is legitimate. Please check our law firm’s website (jlp-law.com, click here) for other contact details. Continue reading

SC Upholds Marcos Burial at Libingan ng mga Bayani

The Philippine Supreme Court, dismissing the petitions by a 9-5 vote, effectively removed any legal obstacle to the government’s plan to allow the burial of former President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. For the full text of the Supreme Court Decision in Ocampo et al. vs. Enriquez, G.R. NOS. 225973, click here. Feel free to discuss below.  Continue reading

Testing the Limit of Starbucks Warmth in the Philippines

A couple of things immediately stand out when referring to Starbucks. For one, the company is understandably proud of its baristas. This Seattle-born company is passionate about coffee but if we consider that Filipinos have not always consumed coffee at the Starbuck’s price range, it’s easy to see that service and ambiance are important factors why patrons flock to Starbucks.

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Philippine Mining: The Grandfather Rule for Foreign Investments

If you are a foreign investor thinking of putting in capital for mining businesses in the Philippines, you must have asked if there is a limit on foreign ownership for Philippine mining companies. The Supreme Court again discussed this issue in a recent ruling denying a motion for reconsideration filed by certain mining companies in the Philippines. The controversy is anchored on the requirement that mining, among other activities, is reserved by the Constitution — the highest law of the land — for Filipinos. Sec. 2, Art. XII of the Constitution, which provides that the exploration, development, and utilization of of natural resources is reserved to Filipinos, whether natural persons or juridical persons. Filipino juridical persons refer to “corporations or associations at least sixty per centrum of whose capital is owned by such citizens.” Continue reading

Philippines Statement, 69th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (29 September 2014) by Secretary Albert F. Del Rosario

[Reproduced for reference is the Statement of the Republic of the Philippines, delivered by Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert F. Del Rosario during the 69th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, High Level General Debate, on 29 September 2014 at the General Assembly Hall UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America. Emphasis has been given by certain sectors on the portions on these segments: On Peace, Security and the Rule of Law and On Peacekeeping. Full text below.] Continue reading

Church Annulment and Court Annulment

Annulment, loosely referring to the processes of declaration of nullity or annulment itself, is complicated, time-consuming and expensive. This is the usual complaint we’ve heard from clients, both existing and prospective, on the only legal process allowed by Philippine law to end marriage for Christians. Of course, we’ve known a lot of cases when people converted to Islam in an attempt to take advantage of the divorce provisions under Sharia law. The other alternative is death, which severs the marital bond (incidentally, any attempt on the life of the other spouse is merely a ground for legal separation). Continue reading

Annulment Philippines 2014

There’s a spike in google searches concerning “annulment philippines 2014.” Sure, we have a lot of discussion on annulment, declaration of nullity and legal separation — all intended to be helpful discussions. It has become harder to follow each discussion thread and so I am constrained to pour limited time with the more “interesting” topics and queries. Continue reading

Joint Administrative Order No. 2014-01: Revised Schedule of Fines and Penalties for Violations of Laws, Rules and Regulations Governing Land Transportation [full text]

Republic of the Philippines
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND COMMUNICATIONS

JUNE 2, 2014

JOINT ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER NO. 2014-01

SUBJECT: REVISED SCHEDULE OF FINES AND PENALTIES FOR VIOLATIONS OF LAWS, RULES AND REGULATIONS GOVERNING LAND TRANSPORTATION

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