Congratulations to Mindanao lawyer and peace advocate Mary Ann Arnado for receiving the first-ever World Vision International Peace Price. From the World Vision website: World Vision has announced the recipients of its Peace Prize on the International Day of Peace. The prize includes two awards: the Peacemaking Award, which honours an individual, and the Peacebuilding Award, which is being shared by two organisations.
Should you pay parking fees when you go shop in your favorite? Or should shopping mall owners provide free car parks to their customers? In the Philippines, you have to pay parking fees when you use mall carparks according to a recent decision handed down by the Philippine Supreme Court. The Office of the Solicitor General apparently argued (in behalf of the car-owning public) that the collection of fees by mall owners is prohibited by the National Building Code but the Supreme Court concluded otherwise. From a Business Mirror report:
We don’t need more proof that lawyers, like journalists and truth-tellers, live a life that’s full of risk and danger but here’s a report on the shooting of labor lawyer Joseph Pajanustan. He survived the attempt against his life and is currently in the hospital. We sure hope he recovers. The Inquirer reports:
And the best law schools in the Philippines are ………… hmmm, if we define “best” as the number of bar topnotchers that the school produced, then the best law school would be the UP College of Law. However, this is a very imperfect measure so the best law school in the country remains an issue that is worth debating.
Our Pinoy Lawyer of the Day is Atty. Argee Guevarra who is facing a libel case filed by Dr. Vicky Belo. Belo alleges that the good attorney “libeled” her because he was posting anti-Belo malicious messages (such as calling her “Reyna ng Kaplastikan“) on his Facebook page.
The Commission on Higher Education is closing at least seven law schools across the country for their failure to produce a bar passer for the past 10 years. The schools are as follows: Abra Valley College in Bangued, Abra Polytechnic College of La Union in Agoo, La Union Ramon Magsaysay Technological University in Iba, Zambales East Central Colleges in San Fernando, Pampanga Southern Bicol College in Masbate Eastern Samar State University in Borongan, Eastern Samar Samar College in Catbalogan, Western Samar