Do you need to be 18 years old on the day of registration for the COMELEC to allow you to register as a voter for the election on May 9, 2016?

If you are a Filipino citizen aged 18, and you have all the qualifications and none of the disqualifications provided by law for a voter, you are already qualified to vote in the election on May 9, 2016. But you need to bear in mind that even if you are already qualified to vote, it … Continue reading Do you need to be 18 years old on the day of registration for the COMELEC to allow you to register as a voter for the election on May 9, 2016?

The heart has reasons of its own which reason does not know

For lovers and hopeless romantics, February is the month of hearts. Consequently, it is only apt to write about matters of the heart for this month. Of course, it must have some legal twist to make it even more relevant. Back in my law school days, I had the chance to read a case decided … Continue reading The heart has reasons of its own which reason does not know

Effect of collusion between the parties in cases of annulment or declaration of nullity of marriage

Once upon a time, I was just a young law student, trying to realize my childhood dream of becoming a lawyer. Of course, this is no longer just a dream for me, because, now, it is already a reality. In fact, I have been a lawyer for almost ten years now. Indeed, time flies so … Continue reading Effect of collusion between the parties in cases of annulment or declaration of nullity of marriage

Erroneous entries in birth certificates that can be corrected without going to court

When my son Vitto was born, I was the one who provided all the information needed for his birth certificate. Back then, his mother could not perform this task, precisely because she had just given birth to him and needed to get some rest. Neither could my son perform the same. It was impossible for … Continue reading Erroneous entries in birth certificates that can be corrected without going to court

Legal Separation is different from Annulment of Marriage

International Legal Missions Last month, I participated in the first and second International Legal Missions of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines-Pampanga Chapter of which I am one of the officers. The first was held from October 4 to 5, 2014 at the Philippine Consulate General in Hong Kong, while the second took place from … Continue reading Legal Separation is different from Annulment of Marriage

Is it correct for the Senate to cancel an impeachment trial due to the resignation of an impeached public officer?

Remember former Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez? In March 2011, the House of Representatives voted to impeach her for betrayal of public trust. Her case was then sent for trial to the Senate sitting as an impeachment court. But days before her trial, she resigned from office, which the President accepted. Because of her resignation, the Senate … Continue reading Is it correct for the Senate to cancel an impeachment trial due to the resignation of an impeached public officer?

When is an impeachment proceeding deemed initiated?

Our Constitution provides that no impeachment proceedings shall be initiated against the same official more than once within a period of one year. In other words, it prohibits the initiation of more than one impeachment proceedings within one year against the same impeachable public officer. And this holds true even if the subsequent impeachment proceeding … Continue reading When is an impeachment proceeding deemed initiated?

May the President grant pardon in impeachment cases?

Years ago, we witnessed the impeachment trial of former Chief Justice Renato C. Corona at the Senate sitting as an impeachment court. By now, I am certain that almost all are aware that his impeachment trial had ended with his conviction. Because of his conviction, he was removed from office and is now disqualified to … Continue reading May the President grant pardon in impeachment cases?

Is removal from office the only penalty for impeachment?

In my article titled, IS THE PRESIDENT THE ONLY IMPEACHABLE PUBLIC OFFICER IN THE PHILIPPINES? (August 14, 2014), I enumerated the exclusive list of impeachable public officers in the Philippines aside from the President. While in my subsequent article titled, WHAT ARE THE GROUNDS FOR IMPEACHMENT? (August 18, 2014), I gave the grounds for impeachment. … Continue reading Is removal from office the only penalty for impeachment?

What are the grounds for impeachment?

Days ago, I wrote an article titled, IS THE PRESIDENT THE ONLY IMPEACHABLE PUBLIC OFFICER IN THE PHILIPPINES? (August 14, 2014). In that article, I enumerated the impeachable public officers in the Philippines aside from the President, namely: 1. The Vice-President; 2. The Members of the Supreme Court; 3. The Members of the Constitutional Commissions; and, … Continue reading What are the grounds for impeachment?