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…

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…

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…

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…