Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Dream

I dreamed that I still had to pass papers in securities regulation, family law, and private international law for law school. My classmates told me that the deadline was tomorrow, and they wished me good luck. Then I woke up and remembered that I have already graduated.


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Pass the bar

I finally passed the bar exam. I will be a lawyer after I take my oath and sign the roll. I should write about my experience one of these days.

18 Wed - Organize things.

19 Thu - It's grandmother's birthday so send her money.

20 Fri - Organize things.

21 Sat - Organize things.

22 Sun - Hear mass.

23 Mon - Attend career fair with law firms.

24 Tue - Father brings home food from grandmother.

25 Wed - Attend career fair with government.

26 Thu - Bar exam results are released. I pass the bar exam and attend the testimonial dinner.

27 Fri - Bring food to center. Attend career fair with alternative lawyering. 

28 Sat - Hear mass.

29 Sun - Drive along expressway. Barangay has a fiesta.

30 Mon - Drive along expressway. Check hand brake before driving. Celebrate aunt's birthday.

31 Tue - Send resume and cover letter to classmate. Confess. Hear mass.


Monday, March 23, 2015

My state owns my land

I read an essay about solitude and leadership. It says that we can build our creativity and courage by thinking things deeply, working alone, and talking intimately with friends.

This blog is a space for me to think deeply and write briefly. These articles about the law cannot be published in any legal journal because there are no citations. But these posts help me think about the law and imagine how things could be better.

One legal idea that bothers me is the Regalian doctrine. This doctrine is in our Constitution and means that all lands of the public domain belongs to the state. This idea came from the time of kings where all lands belonged to the king.

The law presumes that all lands belong to the state if there is no strong evidence to prove private ownership. If you have a Torrens title, that is strong evidence of land ownership. A land title is only evidence of ownership.

If you do not have a land title, you must prove two things. First, you or the people who owned the land before you must have occupied and possessed the land as an owner in open, continuous, exclusive, adverse, and notorious (OCEAN) possession since 1945 or at least 30 years.

Second, the land must have been classified by the government as alienable or can be held by private individuals. The classification of the land as alienable must precede the application for registration.

The problem with the Regalian doctrine is that it violates the experience of many people who do not know the law. Do we teach land use to subsistence farmers and indigenous (native) peoples? We should but often we don't.

Indigenous peoples have stayed in their lands for thousands of years before the Regalian doctrine was made. Why should their land be taken away from them? No, it shouldn't be taken away because now we have the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act (IPRA) authored by the late Senator Juan Flavier. 

Now, indigenous peoples can apply for a certificate of ancestral domain title (CADT) for a big parcel of land which their whole group can call home. Individual indigenous persons can apply for a certificate of ancestral land title (CALT) for a smaller parcel of land for their family.

That's all I can write for now, but I'll write more about land next time.


Sunday, March 22, 2015

Write your resume

I am writing this on March 23 even though the date says March 22 because I spent yesterday writing my resume. I listed all the organizations where I worked and all the software I have learned in law school. Then I wrote the things that I have done for the organizations where I worked. 

These things already filled up one page so I did not include my undergraduate degree and work experience before law school. Maybe I should include them and just shorten everything so that I could have more experience and education in my resume. 

Resume writers suggest that we should include numbers and figures as much as possible. We should write what we have done not as responsibilities but as accomplishments. But it is hard to write an accomplishment when you did not win a case or your grades are not high. Maybe graduating from law school should be an accomplishment in itself.

I also realized that I worked for free a lot of times or I just get paid cheaply. For me, that's all right because I have enough savings. I can live on the dividends and interests from my savings if I live very frugally. But I chose the organizations where I worked because I want to help. I am an idealist. I want to be paid fairly, but my primary motivation for working is to make a difference.

I studied law because I want to help my family and help other people. I studied consular and diplomatic affairs and foreign service because I am good at social sciences even though becoming a diplomat may not be the right career for me. I want the Philippines to become a better place and Filipinos to be a better people.

But if you are a for-profit company, you should pay your workers fair wages and benefits. I used to tutor for Php 200 (US$ 4.44) per hour per student in 2011 and 2012. It's already 2015 and there are places where the wage is Php 50 (US$ 1.11) per hour or Php 700 (US$ 15.55) per day or less than US$ 2 per hour.

I accepted an offer to tutor in a review center where the wage for on-call tutors ranges from Php 150, Php 175, and Php 225 (US$3.33, US$3.88, and US$5) per hour. However, the acceptance was subject to revising their contract to remove a 15-year non-competition clause after the employment period. They never got back to me.

Anyway, I am going to the career fair at the UP College of Law later just to listen to the speakers and get information about law offices. I won't be passing my resumes yet. I will wait for the release of the bar exam results. I don't want to work when I'm not sure if I will be a lawyer. I can always work and help in other ways.


Friday, March 20, 2015

To suspend or not to suspend

The date on this blog post says March 20, but I'm writing this on March 21, the birthday of Sir George Binay, our professor in Consular and Diplomatic Affairs and now dean of the School of Multidisciplinary Affairs at De La Salle - College of Saint Benilde. Dean George is a nephew to Vice President Jejomar Binay and cousin to Senator Nancy Binay, Representative Abigail Binay, and Mayor Junjun Binay.

I vote in Makati City. My barangay is Southside. Even after we moved to Western Bicutan, Taguig, I still vote in Makati. I have voted for the Binay family in every election because I have seen how good Makati is compared to other cities. While the Binay family is a political dynasty, I have always believed that this is all right because the family members are educated, experienced, and popular. This was before 2014.

In 2014, we learned that the Makati City Parking Building costs a lot and that the Binay family allegedly owns a big parcel of land in Batangas. The previous vice mayor, Ernesto Mercado, has alleged that he used to give the Binay family bags and sacks of money. Another former Makati local government official said that they used to rig the elevators so that bidders to Makati City projects would not come on time because they have already agreed on a building contractor.

The Senate has sought to investigate the Binay family, but the members refused to attend and Mayor Junjun Binay was even cited in contempt. The Ombudsman has ordered the suspension of the mayor because of these corruption allegations. However, the mayor sought a temporary restraining order from the Court of Appeals and got it. Meanwhile, the vice mayor, Kid Peña, was sworn in the meantime. So there are now two mayors of Makati.



Thursday, March 19, 2015

Do not spread rumors

Our former professor is now the Supreme Court spokesperson. He said that his office will tell in advance the date of release of the bar exam results. He also said that we should not believe any other person, agency, or office other than the Supreme Court Public Information Office.

In other words, every other information is just a rumor. So do not spread rumors of the bar exam results. Many are worried enough as it is. 

I think the Supreme Court can release the bar exam results on April 1, 2015 so it coincides with April Fools Day. It would be a good time for rest and reflection because it will be Holy Week.

I'm also happy that the results will not be released this week. This will give me more time to review laws, study cases, read current events, organize things, and prepare for my job applications.


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Live day by day

March 9, Monday -I don't know what I did this day. I probably exercised, heard mass, and read self help. Our Wi-Fi started acting up this week so there are no regular blog posts. I have to connect to the internet using Ethernet on my laptop.

March 10, Tuesday - Learn from Ahead that I was accepted but they wanted me to go there within the day. I said that I had plans but I can go tomorrow. Go to SM Aura with mother for Smart and grocery. My classmate calls while we are in the grocery. Learn in Facebook that a professor has been disbarred so I sent a message to my classmate who used to work for him.

March 11, Wednesday - Go to Ahead and learn about employment contract. Ask questions about the contract. Meet with high school class mate at SM North Edsa and eat lunch at Bodhi. We talk a lot and take pictures of Cinderella. Take train, bus, and jeep home. Uncle and cousin visit us and bring rice, vegetables, and seafood.

March 12, Thursday - Think about what to say to Ahead. Play with child. Listen to recollection of Father Allan Samonte. Never worry over anything. Pray over everything. Play with child again.

March 13, Friday - Walk to Medical Plaza. Have medical checkup. Walk to Greenbelt. Eat shrimp maki donburi at Tokyo Tokyo. Send email to law student government representatives. Upload blog posts. Watch Cinderella. Eat frosty at Wendy's. Send acceptance email to Ahead. Take bus to Market but walk home from Serendra.

March 14, Saturday - Brother drives mother to church and me to Mind Museum. Listen and talk with our high school valedictorian and science stream batch mates. Walk to jeep, ride to Bayani Road, and walk home.

March 15, Sunday - Walk along Bayani Road and Arellano Road. Hear mass at 3 pm. Count collection. Brother drives car to his meeting point. We drive through Jollibee. We eat burger steak, Chicken Joy, and rice at home.

March 16, Monday - Drive mother to Bel Air. Drive home safe and sound. Tell driver of neighbor to park on their side. Exercise. Brother drives to office while I drive home. Read Family Code.

March 17, Tuesday - Go to Medical Plaza. Get medical results. Walk to Greenbelt. Buy political law codal. Eat pork tonkatsu at Tokyo Tokyo. Hear mass. Confess. Pray the rosary. Eat cheesy bacon mushroom burger and chocolate sundae at Jollibee. Upload blog posts. Buy mango juice. Get in taxi with mother.


Remedies you can use

Our Constitution ensures that no one shall be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law. What is due process? Due process simply means the proper way of doing things. Sa Filipino, gawin ang tama sa tamang paraan.

Due process have two parts: substantive and procedural. Substantive due process means that laws and rules must have a public purpose and the means to achieve them must be fair and reasonable. Procedural due process simply means the opportunity to be heard.

Procedural due process applies in every court, tribunal, agency, and quasi-judicial body in the Philippines. Here are some pleadings that can be used in courts or agencies when you want to be heard:

1. Complaint or petition. A complaint is a statement of the claims of a party against another party, and this is often used in civi, criminal, and administrative cases. Meanwhile, a petition is a request to a court  or body, and this is often used in special proceedings.

2. Affidavit. An affidavit is a sworn statement by a witness about facts which he or she has personal knowledge. This means the person has seen, heard, or experienced what he or she is stating in his affidavit. Anything that he or she heard or learned from another person is hearsay.

3. Motion. A motion is an application for relief other than a pleading. A useful motion is the motion for reconsideration, which seeks the judge or hearing officer to reflect and think over his decision and gives the basis for the reconsideration.


Saturday, March 14, 2015

Criminal minds can go to school

(This post was written on March 13, 2015.)

Last night, I read a Facebook status about a crime in our college involving a smartphone. So I asked the student representatives there about what happened. I feared for the worst but hoped for the best. The representatives said that the administration and student government are still investigating.

Starting today, the college administration has imposed  a curfew from 9:00 pm onwards for classes and from 10:00 pm onwards for events. In the past, we can study until midnight at school. Now, everybody's safety and security is at stake in our own college.

1. Investigate the incident soon and disseminate the results of the investigation. If there is a crime, don't reveal the name of the victim. But I believe we can say the name of the perpetrator and the basic facts of the crime so that this never happens again.

2. If there is no crime, the college should let the truth be known and stop the rumors. We should not allow people to tarnish the good name of the college and the reputations of honest students, professors, and staff.

3. If there was a crime, we should help the victim survive this problem. We should refer her to the best medical help, psychiatric counseling, and legal aid. If the victim chooses to file a case, we should help prosecute, try, and convict the perpetrator.

4. Improve security. If we can have closed circuit television cameras (CCTV) cameras in the college, that would help security. The college already has several security guards and has imposed a curfew from 10:00 pm onwards. 

I believe the best way to improve security is to investigate the event immediately, tell the truth, hold people accountable, and look after the welfare of everyone in the college.


Protect your intellectual property.

(This post was written on March 10, 2015.)

We own what we create. Our creations often come from our intellect and imagination. To encourage us to create and to innovate, we have laws that protect our creations as intellectual property.

We have three main kinds of intellectual property: patents, trademarks, and copyright. Patents protect inventions, which must be new, inventive, and industrial. Trademarks distinguish goods and brands. Copyright protects the author and his works from their creation.

1. Protect your inventions with patents if they will become scientific and technological breakthroughs. The length of patent protection is twenty years. If you can make a big business out of your invention and this will be used for several years, consider getting a patent. Good examples for patent protection are medicines, computers, and cars. The website of the Intellectual Property Office has instructions on how to file patents.

Consider applying for a utility model or an industrial design if your innovation offers only a slight improvement in technology or design. While the length of protection is shorter (7 years and 5 years), the application process is also faster so you can commercialize your innovation faster. Appliances are good for utility models, while furniture and decorations are good for industrial designs.

2. Register your trademark as soon as possible. If you are deciding to create a business and you already have a logo or mark in mind, you might want to inquire and register it as soon as possible. The date of registration of the trademark determines its use. If you are already using a trademark, do not worry. Just register your mark as soon as possible at the Intellectual Property Office.

3. You are protected by copyright from the moment of creation. If you write a novel, compose a song, paint a mural, or do any literary or artistic work, you do not need to register anything. You own the copyright from the time you create your work. In order to sell, assign, or give away your copyright, you need to have written proof that you have assigned your copyright to another person.

For producers of films and plays where there are many creations (film, screenplay, musical score, cinematography, painting, etc.) and creators (director, writer, composer, cinematographer, painter, artist, etc.), you want to have these creators assign the copyrights of their works to you as the producer of the film. 


Sunday, March 08, 2015

Create a ritual

I just realized that it would be great to create rituals for the habits that I want to develop. I have come a long way in developing these habits, but I still have a lot to improve.

January habits

1. Wake up. I wake up from 5 am to 6 am when I have to go somewhere and around 7 to 8 am when I have nowhere to go.

2. Exercise. I lift weights almost everyday and do the 7 minute workout almost every week. 

3. Use social media. I use Facebook everyday and Twitter and Instagram every week. I seldom use Linkedin. I now use Safari.

4. Organize. I organize things almost everyday. I take pictures before and after I organize so that I can see how I have improved.


February Habits

1. Read the Bible. I read the New Testament epistles and the shorter Prophetic books religiously, but I have been putting off Jeremiah and Ezekiel. Maybe I should list down the dates that I would read each book.

March 8, Sunday - Jeremiah 14 - 33
March 9, Monday - Jeremiah 34 - 52
March 10, Tuesday - Ezekiel 1 - 16
March 11, Wednesday - Ezekiel 17 - 32
March 12, Thursday - Ezekiel 33 - 48
March 13, Friday - Ezra
March 14, Saturday - Nehemiah
March 15, Sunday - Esther
March 16, Monday - Job 1 - 14
March 17, Tuesday - Job 15 - 28
March 18, Wednesday - Job 29 - 42
March 19, Thursday - Proverbs 1 - 16
March 20, Friday - Proverbs 17 - 31
March 21, Saturday - Eccleciastes
March 22, Sunday - Song of Songs
March 23, Monday - Tobit (14), Baruch (6)
March 24, Tuesday - Judith (16)
March 25, Wednesday - Wisdom (19)
March 26, Thursday - 1 Maccabees (16)
March 27, Friday - 2 Maccabees 15
March 28, Saturday - Sirach 1 - 17
March 29, Sunday - Sirach 18 - 34
March 30, Monday - Sirach 35 - 51


2. Read and write about the law. At night before I go to sleep, I write about the law that I know. But I just read about new laws a few times. I have never read new cases since the bar exam. I should definitely schedule reading new laws and digestingcases.

March 9, Monday - 2013 laws, Administrative Code, Araullo v. Aquino
March 10, Tuesday - 2013 laws, Local Government Code, EDCA cases
March 11, Wednesday - 2013 laws, Omnibus Election Code, Estrada case
March 12, Thursday - 2012 laws, Labor Code, labor cases
March 13, Friday - 2012 laws, Family Code, family law cases (marital rape)
March 14, Saturday - 2012 laws, Civil Code, civil law cases

March 16, Monday - 2011 laws, Property Registration Decree, land registration cases
March 17, Tuesday - 2011 laws, National Internal Revenue Code, tax cases
March 18, Wednesday - 2011 laws, Corporation Code, corporation cases
March 19, Thursday - 2010 laws, Securities and Regulations Code, securities cases
March 20, Friday - 2010 laws, Revised Penal Code, Disini v. Secretary of Justice, criminal cases
March 21, Saturday - 2010 laws, Rules of Court,  remedial law cases


3. Draw. I should use a pencil, not a pen. I should definitely create a ritual for drawing because I hardly draw these days. It's just easier to take pictures.

4. Play. I really improved here. I can now play 6 songs: Happy birthday; Do re mi; Twinkle, twinkle, little star; Hosea; Bahay Kubo; and U.P. Naming Mahal. I only have to learn the play the Philippine National Anthem, which sounds harsh because there are no repeating melodies.

5. Teach. I have taken exams at Ahead and Integrated Montessori Center. I even gave a lecture demonstration at Ahead. 

Lent habits

1. Pray. Read the Bible.
2. Fast. Do not masturbate.
3. Give alms. Be more generous.

March habits

1. Work. Read What Color is Your Parachute and Quick Job Search. Do the exercises. Research law firms and government offices. Customize resumes and cover letters. Think of solutions.


2. Give thanks. Buy note cards. Write thank you notes. Send or give these notes to people. I should just aim for one note card per day.

3. Sit straight. Lean back in your chair. Take a deep breath. Raise your chest. Put your head back. Lift your chin up. Smile.

4. Be open. Smile. Wave. Say hi. Greet people a good day. Ask people, "How are you?". Answer questions. Ask questions. Laugh. 

Day Review

March 1, Sunday - Take pictures of paper files and piles. Walk to church at night. Hear mass. 

March 2, Monday - Organize bed, table, and shelf.

March 3, Tuesday - Organize shelf. Get message from Ahead about the lecture demo. Hear mass.

March 4, Wednesday - Prepare lecture demo for Ahead. Answer UP OUR survey.

March 5, Thursday - Give lecture demo at Ahead. I did not need a presentation because I only have to explain how I got my answers in the math exam. Eat steak (P100) at Slice and Dice and waffle and milk tea (P100) at Wicked Waffle. Visit Siningsaysay and Gateway Garden.



March 6, Friday - Hear First Friday mass and pray during holy hour.

March 7, Saturday - Buy mango juice and panty liners at commissary. Eat sandwich and iced tea at Quiznos. Mother watches movie. Meet and talk with friend. Eat ice cream (P100) at Gelatone, buttered chicken, rice, and bread (P195) at New Bombay, and milk tea (P120) at UCC Cafe. 

March 8, Sunday - Walk in the morning. Buy kakanin and pandesal. Rest.

Saturday, March 07, 2015

The only constants in life are death and taxes.

When people die and leave property behind, there can be a settlement of the estate of the deceased. First, pay all debts and taxes of the deceased. Second, have an extrajudicial or judicial  settlement of the estate. Third, pay the estate tax based on the settlement, Fourth, partition the property.

Dean Danilo Concepcion once said that estate tax and donor's tax are higher than the capital gains tax  in sales transactions because the people who donate their property can afford to do so, while those who sell their property may actually need the money. That's why they are selling.


Friday, March 06, 2015

Be careful when you work overseas

There are about 100 million Filipinos and about 10 million live and work overseas. Why do many Filipinos go out to work? Jobs are lacking, and wages are low. In light of this employment problem, our government has created institutions to protect overseas Filipino workers.

The first line of defense is the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA). This agency regulates placement and recruitment agencies, sets the standards for overseas employment, and helps protect the rights of overseas Filipino workers. Recently POEA made a memorandum circular saying that recruitment agencies must be on Facebook to communicate more easily with household service workers (HSW).

The second line of help is the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA). This is a fund from all fees paid by OFWs to help protect migrant workers in the foreign countries where they reside. In years past, OWWA got into trouble because the funds that should have helped the OFWs were used for corruption.

The third line of protection is the consular and diplomatic missions of the Philippines in foreign countries. These are the people who are mandated to help fellow Filipinos in their times of need. Diplomats, consuls, labor attaches, and their staff visit the imprisoned, rescue the abused, and protect the rights of their fellow citizens. 

While there is a great deal of protection for overseas Filipino workers, they should also do their best to protect themselves and be good residents of the foreign country where they work.

1. Make sure that the recruitment and placement agency has an authorization or license. The address in the authorization should be the same address of the office. Moreover, see to it that the overseas job that you are applying for has a job order. If there is no job order, the work may not be allowed.

2. Do not use fake documents. Apply for a passport and visa the right way. While you can use a travel agency to get your passport and visa, you still have to interview with the consul. Do not use fixers.

3. Read and understand your overseas employment contracts. If you do not understand something, ask and the employer must explain the contract to you. Contracts of adhesion where you either take it or leave it are strictly construed against the party who made the contract, in this case, the employer.

4. Bring enough money and provisions. If you are going to work abroad, you better have some money or cash at hand. You will need money to buy food, clothing,shelter, and transportation.

5. Never give up your passport. Your Philippine passport is the property of the Philippine state and establishes your identity, especially in a foreign country. So remember to keep the passport with you at all times. Some employers even take away the worker's passport. With employers like these, who needs enemies?


Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Psychological incapacity is a joke

While marrying and having a family are both civil rights borne by individual citizens, these rights are still vested with public interest so the state must protect and enforce these rights and prevent and redress wrongs. Hence, the prosecuting attorney, fiscal, or representative of the Office of the Solicitor General is duty bound to investigate a civil action for legal separation or annulment or petition for declaration of nullity of marriage to ensure that there was no collusion or suppression of evidence.

Nevertheless, Article 36 of the Family Code is still a joke because it allows a person to claim that the marriage is null and void because of the psychological incapacity of a spouse to fulfill the essential marital and family obligations. What's even funnier is that the spouse petitioning can claim himself or herself as the person with psychological incapacity. It's like a "get out of jail" card in Monopoly. The person who is incapable of being married is allowed to get away and even marry another. That's the ultimate Joker.

I have so much hatred against Article 36 because my lying father used that provision to get out of his marriage. Do you know his psychological incapacity? He allegedly had narcissistic and histrionic personality disorders. Narcissistic simply means you extremely love yourself. Histrionic means you're being theatrical. In other words, my father was a selfish actor. 

My mother did not want to put my father to shame, so she did not file an answer against him or file an administrative complaint. She said that she prayed over it. I even consulted a lawyer about this. That's why I studided law: to prevent and stop injustice to my family and to other people.

He should have added that he also had psychopathic and sociopathic personality disorders for good measure. A psychopath is mentally ill, does not care about other people, and is usually dangerous or violent. A sociopath behaves dangerously or violently towards other people and does not feel guilty about such behavior. These descriptions fit him perfectly, especially since he used to be a soldier.

Truth be told, my father should have been imprisoned, separated from his marriage, or removed from his position because he had several affairs. The woman he eventually married after he left us was a former insurance commissioner. Another woman that he had an affair was an executive in a real estate company and in a hotel. We also suspect that he has a son, but after I have written to so many advice columnists, they told me that it is not my right to demand the truth. It is up to my father and my aunt, who is the mother of the child, who is also my cousin.

Maybe that's why he left. He can't face the truth and accept reality. He does not want to admit the truth that my cousin looks more like him everyday. My cousin's son has bangs and looks more like me everyday. Both my father and my aunt has never revealed the paternity of our cousin. I'm sure they're just waiting for the right time, which is probably never for them. I think they both have a psychological incapacity to handle the truth.


Monday, March 02, 2015

Create laws that are easy to enforce

Today I reviewed our 1987 Constitution. It is a good constitution made with love and justice. But it has a big problem: it's too long. Maybe our Constitution was an extreme reaction to the 1973 Constitution, the Marcos dictatorship, and martial law. But our Constitution is still too long and we can hardly enforce many provisions.

1. We haven't passed a law against political dynasties. We have seen so many bills filed against political dysnasties, but we haven't passed a law yet. Maybe it's a conflict of interest for many legislators because many of them come from political dynasties. The best way to pass a law against political dynasties is through a people's initiative.

2. We haven't passed a comprehensive law against monopolies. Sure, we have provisions against anti-competitive practices in the Constitution and the Intellectual Property Code, but these aren't enough to stand against the big monopolies, oligopolies, and cartels in the Philippines.

Retail and real estate companies merge and take advantage of the high cost of land and low cost of labor. See SM, Ayala, Robinsons, Megaworld, etc. Energy and telecommunications companies make a killing in profits but give little added value. See Shell, Petron, Caltex, PLDT, Smart, Globe, etc. It's difficult to pass an anti-competition law as an initiative, but the National Economic and Development Authority can draft the law and Congress can support this bill into law.

3. We can't enforce basic economic human rights. We protect labor, peasants, urban poor, women and children, environment, indigenous peoples, etc. But we can't put food in the tables of many Filipinos because thousands still go hungry. Not everyone has a house that can withstand the floods and storms every year.

We can't educate each Filipino child because the roads are not paved, there are no bridges, the schools are far away, and many children work instead of studying. Mothers are dying while giving birth, and children are contracting preventable diseases, such as mumps, measles, polio, etc.

The solutions are many: Feed hungry indigent children at school before class. Vaccinate babies and toddlers against preventable diseases. Pave roads and build bridges and homes with the labor of the people who live there, just like Gawad Kalinga. Check up on the health of mothers and children. Build more classrooms and bring teachers to the students.

4. Sinasabi ng ating Saligang Batas na ang wikang Filipino ang pambansang wika, pero palagi pa rin nating ginagamit ang wikang Ingles sa halip na wikang Filipino. Isalin ang mga batas at mga alituntunin sa wikang Filipino at sa wikang katutubo sa lugar.

5. Think about the cost and the enforcement when making laws. Don't just think of the purpose and means. Who will enforce the law? Would they have conflicts of interest? Do they have the knowledge and skills to enforce the law? How can we check if the law is enforced? Maybe we can have an automatic review of national laws every five years.

For example, the Urban Development and Housing Act is a good law but is seldom enforced. I believe it's because local governments have a conflict of interest. They want squatters or informal settlers to remain for the votes, but they do not want to do anything that would cost the government. They also do not prohibit public utilities from connecting electricity and water to them. Sayang naman ang kita.


Schedule the ideal

Here is my ideal daily schedule:

6:00 exercise
7:00 breakfast
7:30 bath
8:00 code
9:00 laws
10:00 case
11:00 digest
12:00 lunch
1:00 Fred
1:30 nap
2:00 update
3:00 apply
4:00 organize
5:00 thanks
6:00 Bible
6:30 play
7:00 dinner
7:30 pray
8:00 code
9:00 write
10:00 Fred
10:30 sleep



Here are my ideal subject schedules:

Monday - Political (Consti, Puboff)
Tuesday - Civil (Family, Property, Conflicts), Labor
Wednesday - Mercantile (Corpo), Tax 
Thursday - Criminal (Puboff, Persons, Property, Drugs)
Friday - Remedial, Ethics

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Review February

These are my January habits:

1. Wake up early. Do better and wake up at 6 am or earlier.
2. Exercise. Do more cardio and do strength more often.
3. Use social media. Update and use Linkedin more.
4. Organize things. Organize paper and start with little house.

These are my February habits:

1. Read Bible. Did well except for today so read double tomorrow.
2. Read and write about law. Doing well for writing, but read more laws and cases.
3. Draw. Did little drawing so join art contests.
4. Play. Can now play Hosea and Bahay Kubo. Try UP Naming Mahal and Lupang Hinirang.
5. Teach. Applied at schools and review centers, took exams, and interviewed them.

These are my Lenten habits:

1. Pray: read the Bible.
2. Fast: do not masturbate.
3. Give alms: be more generous.

Maybe I should set my March habits:

1. Apply for work. Reflect on your self. Update profiles. Send my resumes. Practice interviews.
2. Thank people. Buy note cards. Write thank you notes. Send or give these notes to people.
3. Have good posture. Stand up straight. SIt up straight. Exercise. Stretch. Be mindful.
4. Be open to love. Smile. Say hi. Wave. Be happy. Try not to say, "I won't get married." Just say, "It's up to God."

These are my past few days:

24 Tuesday: Mother goes out to lunch with classmates. Organize computer shelves and books.

25 Wednesday: EDSA Anniversary. Deliver Honda Civic to mechanic. Eat at Jollibee. Organize boxes behind hallway shelves.

26 Thursday: Organize boxes under the bed. Hear mass at noon. Eat with my mother's friends on 20th Avenue.

27 Friday: Write card and prepare gift. Eat lunch with father because it's his birthday. Pray stations of the cross. Hear mass.

28 Saturday: Take exam at Integrated Montessori Center. Walk to Mercury Drug. Catch ride home with neighbor. Go to Taguig Gym. Get lost in Taguig.