Atty. Niccolo J. Villasin joins the Creator

It is with deepest regret that we announce the passing of our friend, colleague and former Senior Partner, Atty. Niccolo J. Villasin, last 27 April 2021. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him and worked with him. Although our hearts are sad, we are committed to carrying on his legacy of dedicated…

Freedom of Information Guidelines Issued to Address Vexatious Requests

MANILA – To address the growing number of vexatious requests cloaked under the citizen’s Right of Information, the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), through the Freedom of Information - Project Management Office (FOI-PMO), has issued detailed guidelines for all FOI implementing agencies. Under the FOI Memorandum Circular No.5, s. a request can be considered vexatious if…

Freedom of Information Guidelines Issued to Address Vexatious Requests

MANILA – To address the growing number of vexatious requests cloaked under the citizen’s Right of Information, the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), through the Freedom of Information - Project Management Office (FOI-PMO), has issued detailed guidelines for all FOI implementing agencies. Under the FOI Memorandum Circular No.5, s. a request can be considered vexatious if…

My Boss Keeps Sending me Inappropriate Messages, What Can I Do?

DSLaw Criminal Law Series MY BOSS KEEPS SENDING ME INAPPROPRIATE MESSAGES, WHAT CAN I DO? [Understanding the Anti-Sexual Harassment Act] Aside from the usual work-related e-mails, an employee receives the following messages from her boss: vulgar jokes, sexually explicit images and requests for sexual favors in return for career advancement. The boss likewise invites her…

I was Arrested without a Warrant; Can I File a Case against the Arresting Officer?

DSLaw Criminal Law Series I WAS ARRESTED WITHOUT A WARRANT; CAN I FILE A CASE AGAINST THE ARRESTING OFFICER [Understanding Warrantless Arrests under the Rules on Criminal Procedure] If you are arrested without a warrant, does it automatically mean that it was an unlawful arrest? Not necessarily. Section 5, Rule 113 of the Rules on…

My Friend Borrowed Money and Issued a Bouncing Check. How Can I Recover my Money?

DSLaw Criminal Law Series MY FRIEND BORROWED MONEY AND ISSUED A BOUNCING CHECK. HOW CAN I RECOVER MY MONEY [Understanding the Bouncing Checks Law] Borrowing money from a friend is a popular resort when one is in need. A creditor would usually ask for some kind of guarantee in the form of a check. If…

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…

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…