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The transformative power of law

Many are called, but only few are chosen, so says an old adage. For those called to the legal profession, they usually have storied backgrounds. They may have started on the wrong side of things; however, they are able to rise up through difficulties to overcome hurdles. Just what a true lawyer does.

PH legal profession and its aversion to mental health

Today, October 10, World Mental Health Day is celebrated. Like clockwork, I’m reminded on how little to nothing has improved with the IBP in terms of promoting mental wellness and well-being among Filipino lawyers. It seems the masochist perspective of the legal profession remains to be the norm. After all, the law school experience is …

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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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Real cat lawyer did an AMA at Reddit, comments are purrfect and hilarious

“I’m not a cat.” This legal humor will go down in legal history as one of the funniest. With a new found fame, what to do with it? Well, do a Reddit Ask me Anything (AMA). Hilarity ensues, particularly due to witty remarks, with a few coming from fellow lawyers. See: Reddit AMA by the …

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Where is Management Prerogative in Covid-19 discussions on employment?

From lawmakers to the DOLE, discussions and issuances clearly show lack or little understanding on management prerogative. Management prerogative is the general rule. Labor laws and regulations are the exception. Even the Supreme Court acknowledges that management prerogative is an INHERENT RIGHT of the employers. No law is needed to grant that right. In fact, …

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My first labor law case

On this day May 1, when Labor Day is being celebrated, I’m reminded of my first memorable and notable labor law case. The case involved a garbage truck driver as my client. I was back then a senior law student at the University of the Philippines College of Law (U.P. Law). In our law school, …

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Value conversation, why client and lawyer should talk value

The value conversation with clients can be difficult at times. To have a quality value conversation, there are many elements that are needed to be in play to have a meaningful discussion wherein the clients would be satisfied at the value that they will be getting from the legal services and the lawyer being equitably …

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On why lawyers have to let go non-paying clients

Non-paying clients spell trouble for a lawyer’s private practice. Experienced lawyers know that non-paying clients have to be let go to better serve paying clients. It is but fair, just, and reasonable to the clients who have paid and thus are assured that the lawyer will devote sufficient time and attention to their concerns. Lawyers, …

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What lawyers sell

Lawyers have been around since the ancient times. In the Greek civilization, there were individuals who plead for and on behalf of “clients” who were usually accused of wrongdoing. The modern day concept of lawyers in the Western tradition started in the age of kings when those knowledgeable with the law (hence law-yers) were allowed …

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Judicial affidavits should be required after Pre-Trial

Judical affidavits are best submitted after the Pre-Trial. It is ineffective and inefficient to require submission of judicial affidavits before Pre-Trial. During Pre-Trial, parties may enter into stipulations to limit and guide the flow of trial via the Pre-Trial Order. Thus, a judicial affidavit would be limited to the contents of the Pre-Trial Order. It …

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Lawyer for a complainant in airline dispute – a case study

NOTHING REINFORCES TECHNICAL RULES MORE THAN A LAWYER FOR A COMPLAINANT The first breach of contract case I handled (a long time ago) involved an airline passenger and his wife who were unable to take their scheduled flight. We represented the airline. I came into the picture the night before a scheduled mediation hearing. I …

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Aunt sues for labor complaint against niece and her restaurant – a case study

FAMILY FOR EMPLOYEES CAN BE TRICKY I once had a business owner who told me that a first-degree aunt who had asked for work in their restaurant later on filed a labor case against the business. You could thus feel the frustration and the sadness that was being felt by the restaurant owner. She felt …

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Talk at: Southville International School affiliated with Foreign Universities (SISFU)

A GREAT TALK I had a great time conducting a talk to Business and Marketing students of Southville International School affiliated with Foreign Universities (SISFU). The school and its students were all amazing and great. My talk centered on developing Entrepreneurship Mentality. The invitation and the talk was made possible through UpSkill MNL Inc., of …

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Seminar: PMAP DOLE Inspection

LEARNING TO COPE WITH DOLE The Philippine Management Association of the Philippines organized a very informative and learning-rich seminar. The seminar was entitled: How to prepare for a DOLE Inspection. The lecturer was Atty. Josephus B. Jimenez, who bears the following credentuals: FPM 2014 President of People Management Association of the Philippines; Former Undersecretary, Department …

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Contractor asked to be sued to make Principal liable – a case study

CONTRACTORS COME IN DIFFERENT FORMS, THIS ONE IS IN THE ROTTEN GROUP. Author’s Note and Disclosure: The author is a Director of a DOLE-registered legitimate job contractor engaged in permissible job contracting compliant with the laws on contracting and subcontracting, as well as DOLE DO-174 and related regulations. Yesterday, I was fortunate to have had …

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Cross-examining a Harvard lawyer and an NYU lawyer

CROSS-EXAMINED A HARVARD LAWYER AND AN NYU LAWYER I lost the fight with the two foreign lawyers, who were alumns of Harvard Law and NYU Law and who were well-trained with their caliber and pedigree clearly manifesting during their cross-examination with me asking the questions. They were great at parrying my cross-exam questions, with emphasis …

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Hi, I’m Atty. Jericho (Jake) Del Puerto. I’m a law mentor and a business lawyer. I create law-related content online via lawmentoringcenter.com, laborlaw.ph, and barmentor.ph.

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