Monday, May 30, 2011
Thursday, May 26, 2011
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)
Monday, May 23, 2011
Saturday, May 21, 2011
It is illegal to wear a fake mustache that causes laughter in church Alabama - It is illegal for a moose to walk on the sidewalk downtown Alaska - Hunting camels is prohibited. Arizona - It is illegal to mispronounce Arkansas - Arkansas while in Arkansas Community leaders passed an ordinance that makes it illegal for anyone to try and stop a child from playfully jumping over puddles of water. California -
Colorado - It is illegal for a woman wearing a red dress to be out on the streets after 7 PM.
You are not allowed to walk across a street on your hands. Connecticut- Getting married on a dare is grounds for an annulment. Delaware - Women may be fined for falling asleep under a hair dryer, as can the salon owner. Florida - Members of the state assembly cannot be ticketed for speeding while the state assembly is in session. Georgia - In Hawaii - you will be fined if you do not own a boat Hawaii Riding a merry-go-round on Sundays is considered a crime. Idaho - It is illegal for anyone to give lighted cigars to dogs, cats, and other domesticated animal kept as pets. Illinois - Bathing is prohibited during the winter. Indiana - Kisses may last for as much as, but no more than, five minutes. Iowa - It is illegal to put ice cream on cherry pie in Kansas - . Kansas By law, anyone who has been drinking is "sober" until he or she "cannot hold onto the ground." Kentucky- Biting someone with your natural teeth is "simple assault," while biting someone with your false teeth is "aggravated assault." Louisiana- You may not step out of a plane in flight. Maine - You cannot swear while inside the city limits of Maryland - . Baltimore You may not, at any time take a crap on your neighbor. Massachusetts- It is legal for the blind to hunt, and they don't need anyone with them. Michigan - It is illegal to walk across the Minnesota-Wisconsin border with a duck on your head. Minnesota- A man may not seduce a woman by lying, and claiming he will marry her Mississippi- Single men between the ages of twenty-one and fifty must pay an annual tax of one dollar (enacted 1820). Missouri - It is illegal to have a sheep in the cab of your truck without a chaperon. Montana - A parent can be arrested if his child cannot hold back a burp during a church service Nebraska - It's still "legal" to hang someone for shooting your dog on your property. Nevada - It is illegal to wear a bulletproof vest while committing a murder New Jersey - Females are strictly forbidden to appear unshaven in public New Mexico - 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. New York - Elephants may not be used to plough cotton fields. North Carolina - Beer & pretzels can't be served at the same time in any bar or restaurant. North Dakota - Women are prohibited from wearing patent leather shoes in public. Ohio - Violators can be fined, arrested or jailed for making ugly faces at a dog. Oklahoma - You may not bathe without wearing "suitable clothing," i.e. that which covers one's body from neck to knee Oregon - A special cleaning ordinance bans housewives from hiding dirt and dust under a rug in a dwelling. Pennsylvania- Any marriage where either of the parties is an idiot or lunatic is null and void. Rhode Island- Horses may not be kept in bathtubs South Carolina - If there are more than 5 Native Americans on your property you may shoot them. South Dakota - You can't shoot any game other that whales from a moving automobile Tennessee- It is illegal to take more that three sips of beer while standing Texas - A husband is responsible for every criminal act committed by his wife while she is in his presence. Utah- Lawmakers made it obligatory for everybody to take at least one bath each week -- on Saturday night. Vermont - There is a state law prohibiting "corrupt practices of bribery by any person other than candidates." Virginia - 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". Washington - No children may attend school with their breath smelling of "wild onions". West Virginia- Unless a customer orders it specifically, it's against the law to serve margarine instead of butter at a restaurant (the dairy state) Wisconsin - It is illegal for women to stand within five feet of a bar while drinking. Wyoming -
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Friday, May 20, 2011
Joseph Candare pleaded guilty on Thursday to charges of violating the 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 (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 , 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.
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
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
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.
Sunday, May 15, 2011
Saturday, May 14, 2011
Thursday, April 28, 2011
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.
Saturday, April 23, 2011
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.”
Friday, April 22, 2011
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
B.M. No. 2265
RE: REFORMS IN THE 2011 BAR EXAMINATIONS
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.
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
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