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Monday, May 30, 2011

Krusada investigates RioTuba mining in Palawan1

Krusada investigates RioTuba mining in Palawan 3.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Ranking of Senators with the Most Bills Filed

1. Miriam Defensor-Santiago - 882 measures (758 bills and 124 resolutions)

2. Jinggoy Estrada - 581 files measures (553 bills, 27 resolutions)
3. Manuel Villar Jr. - 539 (395 bills, 144 resolutions)
4. Antonio Trillanes IV — 304 (292 bills, 12 resos)
5. Lito Lapid — 239 (179 bills, 60 resos)
6. Loren Legarda — 198 (137 bills, 61 resos)
7. Francis Escudero — 154 (128 bills, 26 resos)
8. Ramon Bong Revilla Jr. — 150 (126 bills, 24 resos)
9. Edgardo Angara — 117 (102 bills, 15 resos)
10. Juan Miguel Zubiri — 90 (56 bills, 34 resos)
11. Ralph Recto — 88 (50 bills, 38 resos)
12. Pia Cayetano (74: 48 bills, 25 resos)
13. Franklin Drilon — (45 (23 bills, 22 resos) 
14. Vicente Sotto III — 45 (10 bills, 35 resos)
15 Francis Pangilinan — 43 (15 bills, 28 resos)
16. Juan Ponce Enrile — 40 (18 bills, 22 resos) 
17.  Teofisto Guingona III — 40 (13 bills, 27 resos)
18 Ferdinand Marcos Jr. — 39 (20 bills, 19 resos)
19. Gregorio Honasan II — 34 (13 bills, 21 resos)
20. Sergio Osmena III — 33 (14 bills, 19 resos)
21. Panfilo Lacson — 31 (31 bills)
22. Alan Peter Cayetano — 20 (7 bills, 13 resos)
23. Joker Arroyo — 17 (17 resos)

Source: gmanews

Intellectual Property Code

Intellectual Property Code

Solo Parent Act of 2000 RA 8972 PPT


Monday, May 23, 2011

Lawyers – All That You Need To Know by Kathleen Chester

A lawyer is a person who has learned law and holds a license to practice law. The job of a lawyer involves practical application of legal theories and information. He is the person who solves legal issues of an individual by providing him/her with assistance and representation at the court. 

Lawyers are supposed to help a person out when he is bound by legal issues and problems. While some lawyers practice law in specific fields and hold specialization in such fields, however, there are a few basic duties that all the lawyers have to comply on. Some of them are as follows: 

Carrying out researches on a case – This is the most fundamental duty of a lawyer. He is supposed to do a thorough research on a case. 

Maintaining healthy client relationship – It is very important to maintain a healthy relationship with a client by initiating intense interviews so as to know the case better. A lawyer must get the grasp of a case and in order to so, he needs to be thorough with every detail that is involved in a case. He should clarify every doubt with his client and make everything clear. 

Legal advice – A lawyer must provide his client with the required legal recommendation. He must make his client thorough with the various legal procedures. 

Negotiation on various issues – An attorney is responsible for any negotiation that is involved in a case. Business or corporate cases might require negotiation and corporate proceedings. Only a professional lawyer can effectively take care of such cases. 

Representation at court – The ultimate duty of a lawyer is to represent his client at the court and trying to win a case in the favor of his client with proper advocacy and verbal skills. 

However, there are situations when we come across fraudulent lawyer who are not capable of fighting legal cases. One must be aware of such scams. Here are a few tips that help you in choosing the right person in fighting your case. 

Qualifications – A good and efficient attorney must have excellent qualifications. You must check all the certifications and related documents in order to make sure that he is qualified enough to take over your case. 

Experience – This is the most important aspect of a professional attorney. He must have a good amount of experience. Experience level decides how well an attorney would have proficient knowledge in the legal field. 

Recommendations – consult with a few people who have dealt with the attorney you are thinking of hiring for your case. This can give you an idea of how expert he is in the field and how well he can handle your case. 

It is best to do a proper research before hiring lawyers. 

Source: ArticleCity
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Saturday, May 21, 2011

Stupid Laws

Alabama - It is illegal to wear a fake mustache that causes laughter in church

Alaska - It is illegal for a moose to walk on the sidewalk downtown

Arizona - Hunting camels is prohibited.

Arkansas - It is illegal to mispronounce Arkansas while in Arkansas

California - Community leaders passed an ordinance that makes it illegal for anyone to try and stop a child from playfully jumping over puddles of water.

Colorado - It is illegal for a woman wearing a red dress to be out on the streets after 7 PM.

Connecticut- You are not allowed to walk across a street on your hands.

Delaware -Getting married on a dare is grounds for an annulment.

Florida - Women may be fined for falling asleep under a hair dryer, as can the salon owner.

Georgia - Members of the state assembly cannot be ticketed for speeding while the state assembly is in session.

Hawaii - In Hawaii you will be fined if you do not own a boat

Idaho - Riding a merry-go-round on Sundays is considered a crime.

Illinois - It is illegal for anyone to give lighted cigars to dogs, cats, and other domesticated animal kept as pets.

Indiana - Bathing is prohibited during the winter.

Iowa - Kisses may last for as much as, but no more than, five minutes.

Kansas - It is illegal to put ice cream on cherry pie in Kansas.

Kentucky- By law, anyone who has been drinking is "sober" until he or she "cannot hold onto the ground."

Louisiana- Biting someone with your natural teeth is "simple assault," while biting someone with your false teeth is "aggravated assault."

Maine - You may not step out of a plane in flight.

Maryland -You cannot swear while inside the city limits of Baltimore.

Massachusetts- You may not, at any time take a crap on your neighbor.

Michigan - It is legal for the blind to hunt, and they don't need anyone with them.

Minnesota- It is illegal to walk across the Minnesota-Wisconsin border with a duck on your head.

Mississippi- A man may not seduce a woman by lying, and claiming he will marry her

Missouri - Single men between the ages of twenty-one and fifty must pay an annual tax of one dollar (enacted 1820).

Montana - It is illegal to have a sheep in the cab of your truck without a chaperon.

Nebraska - A parent can be arrested if his child cannot hold back a burp during a church service

Nevada -It's still "legal" to hang someone for shooting your dog on your property.

New Hampshire - One must not collect seaweed

New Jersey - It is illegal to wear a bulletproof vest while committing a murder

New Mexico - Females are strictly forbidden to appear unshaven in public

New York - A fine of $25 can be levied for flirting. This old law specifically prohibits men from turning around on any city street and looking "at a woman in that way." A second conviction for a crime of this magnitude calls for the violating male to be forced to wear a "pair of horse-blinders" wherever and whenever he goes outside for a stroll.

North Carolina - Elephants may not be used to plough cotton fields.

North Dakota - Beer & pretzels can't be served at the same time in any bar or restaurant.

Ohio - Women are prohibited from wearing patent leather shoes in public.

Oklahoma - Violators can be fined, arrested or jailed for making ugly faces at a dog.

Oregon - You may not bathe without wearing "suitable clothing," i.e. that which covers one's body from neck to knee

Pennsylvania- A special cleaning ordinance bans housewives from hiding dirt and dust under a rug in a dwelling.

Rhode Island- Any marriage where either of the parties is an idiot or lunatic is null and void.

South Carolina - Horses may not be kept in bathtubs

South Dakota - If there are more than 5 Native Americans on your property you may shoot them.

Tennessee- You can't shoot any game other that whales from a moving automobile

Texas - It is illegal to take more that three sips of beer while standing

Utah- A husband is responsible for every criminal act committed by his wife while she is in his presence.

Vermont - Lawmakers made it obligatory for everybody to take at least one bath each week -- on Saturday night.

Virginia - There is a state law prohibiting "corrupt practices of bribery by any person other than candidates."

Washington - A law to reduce crime states: "It is mandatory for a motorist with criminal intentions to stop at the city limits and telephone the chief of police as he is entering the town".

West Virginia- No children may attend school with their breath smelling of "wild onions".

Wisconsin - Unless a customer orders it specifically, it's against the law to serve margarine instead of butter at a restaurant (the dairy state)

Wyoming - It is illegal for women to stand within five feet of a bar while drinking.

Source: bitoffun.com 

Why An ID Theft Report Is So Important by Neil Carson

If you are the victim of ID theft, you know well the feeling of utter confusion and distress that can take hold when you realize it has finally happened to you. 

To suddenly find yourself with wrecked credit or empty bank accounts can feel like a hard blow to your gut. 

Though you may initially feel humiliated, embarrassed, or angry it is important to maintain your composure and do the right things quickly. If you want to get your credit back on track and maybe even catch the criminal who did this to you, time is of the essence. 

One of the best things you can do is to arm yourself with an official ID theft report. 

Perhaps you have already filed a police report of the crime against you with federal, state or local law enforcement. While that is a wonderful thing, it is not the same as filing a formal ID theft report. 

A regular police report might list that you were a victim of ID theft, but it generally will not list the specifics of the crime like an actual identity theft report will. 

In your ID theft report, you need to list key details of the crime. If you had bank accounts or credit card accounts compromised, for example, be sure to list the account numbers. Also, if known, list the days and times of the security breeches. 

It is important to understand that your credit report is more than just at risk if you have become a victim of an ID crime. In fact your entire credit history can get completely destroyed. 

This is why you need to send a copy of your ID theft report to any businesses that were involved with the fraudulent act, as well as to credit bureaus like Transunion and Equifax, who have the power to adjust and remove erroneous information in your credit report. 

In fact, those major credit reporting companies can use your ID theft report to flag your account and get you on the fast track to recovery from the crime. 

An official report will put credit bureaus on special alert to watch for any more trouble. These companies can also take all fraudulent activity off of your credit record. 

In other words, you will be able to go back to having your own credit history, which can help you get loans or buy things on credit in the future, such as cars or houses. That is, assuming that your own credit was good to begin with. 

So if you become a victim of identity theft, the one thing to remember is not to let it become an ongoing set of things to do. You should move quickly and purposefully in order to keep your damages to an absolute minimum. 

An ID theft report can help you to get your credit back on track as soon as possible. So do not forget to file one, and do not allow yourself to be a victim for any extended period of time.

Source: Articlecity
Want to discover more about the ID Theft Report and how to file one? Visithttp://www.theidtheftreport.com for free ID theft help, articles, and resources.

Friday, May 20, 2011

The Philippine Baseline Law

UP student to take care of 200 cats for killing stray cat (inquirer.net)

MANILA, Philippines—For brutally killing a stray cat and bragging about it in his blog in 2009, a University of the Philippines student was not only fined P2,000, but would have to take care of more than 200 cats and more than 50 dogs at an animal shelter.
Joseph Candare pleaded guilty on Thursday to charges of violating the Animal Welfare Act and was consequently convicted by a Quezon City Metropolitan Trial Court after his arraignment.
Candare’s conviction is the first conviction for a case that PAWS has initiated and filed against an individual violator of animal welfare and rights.
Instead of sentencing him to six months to two-year jail term as mandated by law, Judge Catherine Manodon of MTC Branch 40 ordered Candare to pay a P2,000 fine.
As part of the Candare family’s arrangement with the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), the UP student will also render volunteer work for PAWS in the next two to six months.
“He will be doing most of what other volunteers do. It is perhaps his apology for his deed years ago,” said Charlene Laxamana, administrative officer of PAWS.
Like any other volunteer, Candare will be taking care of 255 cats, 53 dogs, as well as cleaning their cages and doing clerical work.
Aside from the volunteer work, Candare will also receive advice from a psychologist, according to Laxamana.
Laxamana said there had been over 40 convictions in the past for violations of the Animal Welfare Act, but these involved mostly mass animal abuses, such as the transport and sale of dog meat.
Candare, then a 19-year-old student in 2009, admitted on his blog that he tortured and killed a stray cat at the National Institute of Physics compound at the UP Diliman campus in Quezon City.
Candare eventually deleted the post after receiving outraged and shocked comments about it.
PAWS filed a court case against Candare after learning of the violation on the Internet and has pursued the case since then.

Source: Inquirer.net

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Former Batangas governor Jose Antonio Leviste ESCAPADE

Can you believe it that a prisoner can go outside the Jail premises while serving his 12 years prison term?

This is the case of Former Batangas governor Jose Antonio Leviste who was caught yesterday by NBI in the act while roaming around in Makita with his driver while serving his sentence. He is in jail because he was convicted of murder and serving his 12 years prison term for killing his assistant Rafael de las Alas in his office in Makati City.

Very insulting for goverment! But BJMP defended themselves that Leviste is a living out prison because he is a senior citizen. Earlier in an interview with the Secretary of Justice in ABSCBN, the Secretary of Justice said that she did not issue any order for Leviste to go out of the Jail premises. Usually the procedure for this case, like Former Joseph Estrada, is to apply first with the proper authority for permission to visit a relative or for medical check up depending on the necessity. But with Leviste did not apply for any.

Before there are also news that some of the influential prisoners were allowed to go out of the premises of BJMP (Bureau of Jail Management and Penology), but no one was caught. Now there is a real evidence to show that thing like this really happen. Hoping that this will not happen again. A real eye opener for all of us Filipinos.

Evasion of service of sentence was filed against Leviste in violation of Article 157 of the Revised Penal Code.

Monday, May 16, 2011

News to Go - Interview with 2010 Bar Exam Topnocher ( Cesario Antonio Singzon Jr.)

Reuters: 21 Journalists Slaughtered in Philippines Massacre

Wrong Solution by Artemio Panganiban

This from the article of Artemio Panganiban in Inquirer. If you want to read the whole column click this.

Our Constitution (Sec. 19, Art. III) prohibits the imposition of the death penalty “unless, for compelling reasons involving heinous crimes, the Congress shall provide for it.” Due to the rise of criminality in the early 1990s, Congress “provided for it” by enacting Republic Act 7659, the Death Penalty Law, which took effect on December 31, 1993.

Take the case of Echegaray, the first convict to be lethally injected. He was charged with rape, which, among others, was qualified as “heinous” by RA 7659 if the offender is the father of the victim. Absent the father-daughter relationship, rape was punishable only with life imprisonment, not death.

The charge sheet or “Information” alleged that Echegaray was the “father” of Rodessa, the victim. However, this father-daughter relationship was not proven. What was proven, to quote the Supreme Court, was that Echegaray was the “confirmed lover (not husband) of Rodessa’s mother.”

With due respect, this reasoning is faulty. A “confirmed lover” of the victim’s mother is not the “father” of the victim; Rodessa’s father was the separated husband of her mother. Further, the Court in many later cases (like People v. Perez, Sept. 24, 1998, People v. Dimapilis, Dec. 17, 1998 and People v. Gallo, Sept. 29, 1999) consistently ruled that the exact relationship between the accused and the victim must be alleged in the information; otherwise, the proper penalty would be reclusion perpetua or life imprisonment.

In Echegaray’s case, however, the wrong sentence of death could no longer be recalled, because he had been lethally injected and could no longer be brought back to life. Indeed, errors in the imposition of the capital penalty are irreversible once an accused is executed.

Source: opinion.inquirer.net

RA 1612


Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act RA 3019


Sunday, May 15, 2011

Anti Plunder Law RA 7080


Philippine Family Code -- FAQ

Philippine Family Code -- FAQ

Corporation Code of the Philippines

corporation code of the philippines

Anti Money Laundering Law

Anti Money Laundering Law
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Anti Fencing Law PD 1612

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Saturday, May 14, 2011

On Call: Magkano ang dapat na suweldo ng kasambahay?

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The Family Code of the Philippines

The Family Code of the Philippines

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Plan to revise RPC

Do you know that the Revised Penal Code which is the basis of our criminal justice system was originally the Spanish Criminal Code?

Analeto Diaz, a former Supreme Court Justice began the revision of the old Spanish criminal code in 1927. The final draft was the basis of Act. No. 3715 this was passed by Philippine Legislature and approved by then United States President Herbert Hoover on December 8, 1930. And came into effect on January 1, 1932.

Today, Secretary Leila De Lima is planning to revise the RPC. The panel is named Criminal Code Commission (CCC), the tasked is to study the RPC and suggest revisions to make it more comprehensive and attuned to modern times.

The team of experts will be formed from the different agencies of the government, private individuals and known scholars of law. The final draft will then be presented to congress for passage of the law revising the code.

Murder Book

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Palace Side on the RH Bill

Aquino once said in his 2010 Presidential Campaign about his stand on the RH Bill. Until now, he has not wavered his stand. With the growing controversy about Reproductive Health Bill, the President said that he supports the RH Bill even if he will be excommunicated from the sectors of Catholic Church.

“We are focused on the quality of life of all of their children and also on the idea that responsibility has to be borne by the parents together with the churches that they belong to the state”, he said.

Senator Panfilo Lacson also expressed support to the president for supporting the RH Bill amid the threats of excommunication. 

The senator said, “Finding ways to curb our monstrous population growth rate, which has been a major part of our poverty problem, is one sensible approach in poverty alleviation. Advocating population management is not being anti –life. In fact, it is pro-country and pro-people.”

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Friday, April 22, 2011

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

B.M. No. 2265

B.M. No. 2265 

Preliminary Statement 
The Court has found merit in the proposed changes in the conduct of 
the bar examinations that the Chairperson of the 2011 Bar Examinations and 
Philippine Association of Law Schools recommended.   
One recommendation concerns the description of the coverage of the 
annual bar examinations that in the past consisted merely of naming the laws 
that each subject covered.  This description has been regarded as too general 
and provides no specific understanding  of the entry-level legal knowledge 
required of beginning law practitioners. 
A second recommendation addresses the predominantly essay-type of 
bar examinations that the Court conducts.  Because of the enormous growth 
of laws, doctrines, principles, and precedents, it has been noted that such 
examinations are unable to hit a significant cross-section of the subject 
matter.  Further, the huge number of candidates taking the examinations 
annually and the limited time available for correcting the answers make fair 
correction of purely essay-type examinations difficult to attain.  Besides, the 
use of multiple choice questions, properly and carefully constructed, is a 
method of choice for qualifying professionals all over the world because of 
its proven reliability and facility of correction.  
A third recommendation opts for maintaining the essay-type 
examinations but dedicating these to the assessment of the requisite 
communication skills, creativity, and fine intellect that bar candidates need 
for the practice of law.   

Approved Changes 
The Court has previously approved in principle the above 
recommended changes.  It now resolves to approve the following rules that 
shall govern the future conduct of the bar examinations: 
1. The coverage of the bar examinations shall be drawn up by 
topics and sub-topics rather than by just stating the covered laws.  The test 
for including a topic or sub-topic in the coverage of the examinations is 
whether it covers laws, doctrines, principles and rulings that a new lawyer B.M. No. 2265   2
needs to know to begin a reasonably  prudent and competent law practice.  
The coverage shall be approved by the Chairperson of the Bar Examination 
in consultation with the academe, subject to annual review and re-approval 
by subsequent Chairpersons.  
2. The bar examinations shall measure the candidate’s knowledge 
of the law and its applications through multiple-choice-questions (MCQs) 
that are to be so constructed as to specifically: 
2.1. Measure the candidate’s knowledge of and ability 
to recall the laws, doctrines, and principles that every new 
lawyer needs in his practice;  
2.2. Assess the candidate’s understanding of the 
meaning and significance of those same laws, doctrines, and 
principles as they apply to specific situations; and  
2.3. Measure his ability to analyze legal problems, 
apply the correct law or principle to such problems, and provide 
solutions to them.  
3. The results of the MCQ examinations shall, if feasible, be 
corrected electronically. 
4. The results of the MCQ examinations in each bar subject shall 
be given the following weights: 
Political Law   -- 15% 
Labor Law   -- 10% 
Civil Law   -- 15% 
Taxation   -- 10% 
Mercantile Law  -- 15% 
Criminal Law  -- 10% 
Remedial Law  -- 20% 
Legal Ethics/Forms  --   5% 
5.  Part of the bar examinations shall be of the essay-type, dedicated to 
measuring the candidate’s skills in  writing in English, sorting out the 
relevant facts in a legal dispute, identifying the issue or issues involved, 
organizing his thoughts, constructing his arguments, and persuading his 
readers to his point of view.  The essays will not be bar subject specific. 
5.1. One such essay examination shall require the 
candidate to prepare a trial memorandum or a decision based on 
a documented legal dispute.  (60% of essays) 
5.2 Another essay shall require him to prepare a 
written opinion sought by a client concerning a potential legal 
dispute facing him.  (40% of essays)   B.M. No. 2265   3
6. The essays shall not be graded for technically right or wrong 
answers, but for the quality of the candidate’s legal advocacy.  The passing 
standard for correction shall be work  expected of a beginning practitioner, 
not a seasoned lawyer.  
7. The examiners in all eight  bar subjects shall, apart from 
preparing the MCQs for their respective subjects, be divided into two panels 
of four members each.  One panel will grade the memorandum or decision 
essay while the other will grade the legal opinion essay.  Each member shall 
read and grade the examination answer of a bar candidate independently of 
the other members in his panel.  The  final grade of a candidate for each 
essay shall be the average of the grades given by the four members of the 
panel for that essay. 
8. The results of the a) MCQ and b) essay-type examinations shall 
be given weights of 60% and 40%, respectively, in the computation of the 
candidate’s final grade.   
9. For want of historical data  needed for computing the passing 
grade in MCQ kind of examinations, the Chairperson of the 2011 Bar 
Examinations shall, with the assistance of experts in computing MCQ 
examination grades, recommend to the Court the appropriate conversion 
table or standard that it might adopt for arriving at a reasonable passing 
grade for MCQs in bar examinations.     
10. In the interest of establishing needed data, the answers of all 
candidates in the essay-type examinations in the year 2011 shall be corrected 
irrespective of the results of their MCQ examinations, which are sooner 
known because they are electronically corrected.  In future bar examinations, 
however, the Bar Chairperson shall recommend to the Court the 
disqualification of those whose grades in the MCQ are so low that it would 
serve no useful purpose to correct their answers in the essay-type 
11. Using the data and experience obtained from the 2011 Bar 
Examinations, future Chairpersons of Bar Examination are directed to study 
the feasibility of: 
11.1. Holding in the interest of convenience and 
economy bar examinations simultaneously in Luzon, the 
Visayas, and Mindanao; and 
11.2. Allowing those who pass the MCQ examinations 
but fail the essay-type examinations to take removal 
examinations in the immediately following year. B.M. No. 2265   4
12. All existing rules, regulations, and instructions that are 
inconsistent with the above are repealed. 
This Bar Matter shall take effect immediately, and shall be published 
in two newspapers of general circulation in the Philippines. 
January 18, 2011.   Source: Sc.gov.ph