Earning my Data Protection Officer (DPO) certification

Last May 2021, I had the good fortune to undertake a week-long Data Protection Officer (DPO) certification program and thereafter successfully pass the examination to be properly certified as a DPO by TUVRheinland. Our mentor was no other than "Mr. Privacy", Dr. Rolando R. Lansingan, CEH, CHFI, CySA (plus), NPC-DPO. He was the former Chief …

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PH Olympic medalists should financially protect themselves

With the recently concluded 2020/21 Olympics, several articles and online content popped up about previous Filipino Olympic medalists. The somber theme to it all was that they encountered financial difficulties after presumably having earned financial rewards for bringing glory to the Philippines, if today is an indicator. The story is not so different from professional …

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#AfterSix, Jaime A Zobel de Ayala has a show – wait, what?

Browsing through YouTube looking for a worthwhile content, I came across a familiar face, one any Filipino entrepreneur would easily identify. What made it more eyecatching was that the thumbnail showed him with cue cards and thus suggesting that it is him who is the interviewer. Mr. Jaime A. Zobel de Ayala, or JAZA as …

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The irony of PH National ID not being recognized

It took over a decade for the National ID to pass muster against the critics who touted it being the biggest threat to a person's right to privacy from lawless elements to even the Government (or should I say those who will unlawfully use public office to dig into private information of individuals). Back then, …

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The Philippines has a Fake News law, well sort of…

Under Article 154[1] of the Revised Penal Code (RPC), the following is considered as a criminal offense: "Any person who by means of printing, lithography, or any other means of publication shall publish or cause to be published as news any false news which may endanger the public order, or cause damage to the interest …

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On the Whang Od and Nas Daily controversy

Why would an Ivy-league educated businessman in a foreign country get a signature for a contract from a 100-year old indigenous tribal person without getting a local lawyer to assist? That very much sums up my thoughts on the matter. There are so many inter-connected issues and socio-cultural complexities to the matter that it can …

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Is it discrimination in the workplace if vaccine availability is not an issue?

I overheard a group of employees chatting over taking the vaccine. It appears that they had all taken the Covid-19 vaccine. Their supervisor was telling them that there will come a time that only the vaccinated would be preferred to go to work whenever a lockdown or quarantine restriction would be imposed. To that, the …

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Why prenuptial agreements are valued only by people who worked hard to gain wealth

Those who do not know the value of back-breaking hard work to gain wealth will never understand the importance of a prenuptial agreement. When I was a younger lawyer, I used to tell as much of my friends and relatives that they consider a prenuptial agreement before marrying. Not a single one took my advice. …

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Psychological incapacity as a legal concept, and not a medical condition

The case of Tan-Andal v. Andal (G.R. No. 196359, 11 May 2021) declares psychological incapacity under Article 36 of the Family Code as a legal concept, and not a medical condition. Accordingly, testimonies of psychologists or psychiatrists are no longer necessary. This a landmark case and a game changer for the following reasons. 1. Nullity …

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