Mandaluyong courts placed on lockdown

MANILA – The Mandaluyong Regional Trial Court (RTC) has declared a two-week lockdown after a prosecutor tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). In a memorandum issued on Monday, Acting Executive Judge Ofelia Calo said the lockdown will be in effect "beginning June 15, 2020 until June 29, 2020, unless the lockdown is earlier lifted and…

DOF warns public vs. cryptocurrency

MANILA – The Department of Finance (DOF) has warned the public against believing information saying that DOF Secretary Carlos Dominguez III is promoting a cryptocurrency auto-trading program called Bitcoin Revolution.  In a statement Thursday, the department said DOF employees have also seen similar investment schemes illegally using the names of “key Treasury and Finance officials in…

‘New normal’ guidelines for hotels, similar establishments issued

MANILA – The Department of Tourism has issued "new normal" guidelines for accommodation establishments (AEs) amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic. Released on May 25, the Health and Safety Guidelines Governing the Operations of Accommodation Establishments covers the operations of AEs in the areas of guest handling, reception and concierge, rooms and housekeeping, food and…

What Can I Do When My Identity is Being Used by Another in Facebook?

DSLaw Data Privacy Law Series WHAT CAN I DO WHEN MY IDENTITY IS BEING USED BY ANOTHER IN FACEBOOK? [Understanding the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012] You are one of the few persons who do not believe in social media. One day, a friend calls you and tells you how excited she was upon seeing…

How Can My Foreign Divorce Decree be Recognized in the Philippines?

DSLaw Remedial Law Series HOW CAN MY FOREIGN DIVORCE DECREE BE RECOGNIZED IN THE PHILIPPINES? [Understanding the Recognition of Foreign Divorce in the Philippines]* After enduring years of tumultuous marriage, Maria, a Filipino citizen, filed for divorce against her Japanese spouse, Kota. Maria's husand did not oppose it because under Japanese law a grant of…

Are Employees Entitled to Holiday Pay on Labor Day amid ECQ?

DSLaw Labor Law Series ARE EMPLOYEES ENTITLED TO HOLIDAY PAY ON LABOR DAY AMID ECQ? [Understanding the Payment of Wages for May 1, 2020, a Regular Holiday, under DOLE Labor Advisory No. 15 Series of 2020]? Employees presumably look forward to regular holidays because they are given the opportunity to take time off from work…

Supreme Court Postpones 2020 Bar Exams Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

The Supreme Court of the Philippines has deferred the holding of the 2020 Bar Examinations due to COVID-19 situation.    This announcement was made last April 29 via Bar Bulletin No. 11 Series of 2020 signed by Associate Justice and 2020 Bar Examinations Chairperson Marvic M. Leonen. “The new schedule shall be announced in a…

The Register of Deeds Lost My Land Title, Should I be Concerned?

DSLaw Real Estate Law Series THE REGISTER OF DEEDS LOST MY LAND TITLE, SHOULD I BE CONCERNED? [Understanding the Laws and Procedure on Reconstitution of Lost Titles] Under P.D. 1529, the Registry of Deeds is the primary agency in charge of the safekeeping and custody of land titles.[1] However, the said land titles may be…

I Lost My Land Title, What Should I Do Now?

DSLaw Real Estate Law Series I LOST MY LAND TITLE, WHAT SHOULD I DO NOW? [Understanding the Laws and Procedures on Reissuance of Lost Title under Section 109 of Presidential Decree No. 1529} Property registration in the Philippines follows the Torrens System, which recognizes a title as the best evidence of ownership of real property,…

What Should I Do When I Receive an Online Subpoena in Time of COVID-19?

DSLaw Rules of Procedure Series WHAT SHOULD I DO WHEN I RECEIVE AN ONLINE SUBPOENA IN TIME OF COVID-19? [Understanding the Nature of Subpoena under the Philippine Rules of Court] During this COVID-19 pandemic, several subpoenas have been sent out to individuals over their social media posts.[1] When people receive said legal order, it is…