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Libertarian struggle through jurisprudence

Despite his reelection defeat, Donald Trump continues to rabble-rouse his anti-black, anti-Asian, anti-migrant, and anti-establishment Republican diehards and riotous partisans, jeopardizing two centuries of American struggle for social, racial, gender, and political e...

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What’s up in Bongbong-Leni VP tiff?

After learning of the outright denial of the motions to inhibit Justice Marvic M.V.F. Leonen (taken up in this space last Sunday), many asked, “To complete the story, what is the status of the election protest filed on June 29, 2016 by former senator Bongbong Marcos against VP Leni Robredo in the ...

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Lemon Law only applies to brand-new cars

Dear PAO, I recently bought a new car from a reputable bank-partnered dealer. I know that the cars from this dealer were bank foreclosed properties. Nonetheless, it is worth noting that the cars were being advertised as “good as brand new.” A week ago, I felt some problems with my newly bought ...

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Admissibility of a confession made to media personnel

Dear PAO, Is an admission of a suspect or an accused before a media personnel admissible in our courts in the event that his/her case will be elevated to such tribunal? I remember from my Philippine Constitution class in college that the accused has certain rights such as the right to a counsel and ...

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Lawyer shoots self to death after killing RTC judge inside Manila City Hall

MANILA, Philippines — A lawyer fatally shot himself after shooting and killing a judge at the Manila Regional Trial Court inside her office at the Manila City Hall on Wednesday afternoon, police said. Police said the victim, RTC Branch 45 Judge Maria Teresa Abadilla, 44, was allegedly shot by law...

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Calida, Marcos press case for Leonen inhibition

Solicitor General Jose Calida and former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on Monday submitted separate motions before the Supreme Court, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), to force Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Mario Victor Leonen to inhibit from the election protest filed by...

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US media declaration of Biden election is arbitrary and full of holes

IT surprised us, perhaps as much as it did the White House and the Republican party, that a bunch of United States media organizations, led by media networks and the New York Times (NYT) ventured last Saturday to proclaim on their own steam former vice president Joe Biden as the winner of the US pre...

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Disinheriting a child

Dear PAO, I have four children, and three of them are successful in their lives and chosen careers. My fourth child, however, did not follow my advice. Instead of becoming a professional doctor, she chose to be a member of a dance group. I am very much disappointed with her. Now she is living with ...

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US election: Key state recounts may decide presidency

ANKARA – President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden seem to be in the home stretch of the fiercely fought presidential race, but vote recounts in some key swing states could still determine who captures the crown. Former Vice President Biden has managed to flip three states Trump won...

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Explained: Donald Trump’s legal claims in contested states

President Donald Trump and his campaign have filed lawsuits in four states where ballots are still being counted and outcomes will determine the winner of the US election. In some cases, Trump and his allies are alleging fraud, although there is no evidence of it, and have filed lawsuits to stop th...

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Original registration of land

Dear PAO, My name is Rowena, and I am presently residing abroad. I inherited a parcel of land more than a year ago in Batangas. However, I recently learned that the land remained unregistered. I want to know if I am legally allowed to apply for registration through my agent/representative in the Ph...

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Separation pay

Dear PAO, I was placed on a temporary layoff by my employer from June 2020 to December 2020. Yesterday, I received a notice that our employment will be finally terminated because of retrenchment. However, such notice also provides that those who applied for work elsewhere during the layoff period b...

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