Republic of the Philippines
Congress of the Philippines
Third Regular Session
Begun and held in Metro Manila, on Monday, the twenty-third day of July, two thousand twelve.
REPUBLIC ACT NO. 10535
AN ACT TO SET THE PHILIPPINE STANDARD TIME (PST) IN ALL OFFICIAL SOURCES THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY, TO PROVIDE FUNDS FOR THE INSTALLATION, OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE OF SYNCHRONIZED TIME DEVICES TO BE DISPLAYED IN KEY PUBLIC PLACES AND TO DECLARE THE FIRST WEEK OF EVERY YEAR AS NATIONAL TIME CONSCIOUSNESS WEEK
Today’s headlines include the instruction of Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte to the security escort of the relief convoy heading to Tacloban from Davao. If swarmed by looters who have attacked and ransacked other relief convoys, the standing order is to warn the looters that defensive force will be used. If the looters don’t listen, shoot the legs first. Continue reading →
The intensity 7.2 earthquake, equivalent to the force of 32 Hiroshima atomic bombs, that hit Bohol and the surrounding provinces, including Cebu and Leyte, brings back a lot of memories. Looking back to to the 1980s, when our place was rocked by never-ending earthquakes: Continue reading →
The usual reason given by Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in leaving the Philippines, and enduring the separation from their families, is the greener pasture at the other side of the fence, wherever in the world that may be. We’ve previously noted that perhaps it would help OFWs to become entrepreneurs. Invest or start a business, whether in the Philippines or abroad, and create a financial buffer in case they decide to “retire” from work abroad and return to the Philippines. Someone asked how to start a business in the Philippines. We’ll put ourselves in the shoes of our OFW brothers and sisters, then ask: what would we do?
Legalize prostitution in the Philippines! Saying that in the halls of Congress, and you have to sponsor a bill to amend existing laws related to the legal prohibition of prostitution, is like placing a huge x mark on your forehead. It’ s like political suicide, with a worse backlash suffered by the proponents of the RH Bill from certain religious communities. Continue reading →
We conducted an informal poll, asking readers if they support same-sex or gay marriage in the Philippines. By the time we closed it last year, 60% of the votes does NOT favor same-sex marriage. Now that the issue has again gained international attention with the campaign statement of US President Barack Obama that he favors same-sex marriage, we are reopening the poll. Continue reading →
We have time to address some questions relating to annulment in the Philippines. Let’s consolidate the questions that are newly raised for easy reference. We shall update this post to include new issues we encounter (again, please search through the other posts or the comments to check if a question related to yours was already addressed). As always, please remember that nothing should here should be taken as legal advice (for clients, please click here). Continue reading →
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 →