Liwanag v Yu-Songquian


FACTS: Yu-Chiocco leased a land on Calle Lemery, Tondo in 1901. The property, however, was later claimed by Leoncia Liuanag, on behalf of the estate of Yu-Chingco, who had died in China on Oct. 30 1901. Yu-Chiocco himself died in August 1902. Continue reading


A call to Pinoy bloggers to link blogs on HR1109

There is a call to Filipino bloggers — and other bloggers as well – to link blogs and help inform the public on House Resolution 1109, which convenes Congress into a constituent assembly that will change the Constitution.

We are issuing this call to all pinoy blogs and bloggers to link to other blogs discussing or posting on the issue of the House Of Representatives passing HR 1109 in congress. Link to these blogs even if your blog’s topic is not on anything related to HR 1109.

HR 1109 is one the most important actions of the current congress that will affect the whole country and our lives.

Let us link together to give pinoys the opportunity to be properly informed on the issue so that they can intelligently decide on their own or join a group to take action. Continue reading

Welcome, 1E!!!

Group picture: 1E with 2E

To the incoming freshmen of the evening class, welcome to the college!

The UP College of Law Faculty’s statement on the Charter Change


Last Monday, 20 April 2009, the House of Representatives commenced deliberations on House Resolution No.737 (Proposing amendments to the Constitution to allow the acquisition by foreign corporations and associations of alienable public lands and private lands) via a so-called “fourth way” in which HR No.737 will be enacted as a proposal to amend the Constitution through the normal legislative process, except that the Resolution shall be passed by three-fourths of each chamber. Two days later, House Resolution No.1109 was filed calling upon the members of Congress to convene as a Constituent Assembly, upon the votes of three-fourths of all its members.
We, the members of the law faculty of the University of the Philippines, as teachers and citizens, are of the opinion that HR No.737 & 1109 are both without basis in law and ill-advised— Continue reading


A trust is a “fiduciary relationship with respect to property which involves the existence of equitable duties imposed upon the holder of the property to deal with it for the benefit of another.” (Huang v CA, citing Tolentino)

Trust is the legal relationship between one person having an equitable ownership in property and another person owning the legal title to such property, the equitable ownership of the former entitling him to the performance of certain duties and the exercise of certain powers by the latter. (Tolentino)

Trust is the right to the beneficial enjoyment of property, the legal title to which is vested in another.(Paras) Continue reading

Legal Ethics reviewer

Coffee and codals
Here’s a short reviewer I did for our Legal Prof (Legal Ethics) finals exams. Canons in the Code of Professional Responsibility were grouped into several classifications, to make it easier to remember.


Rule 1.01. A lawyer shall not engage in unlawful, dishonest, immoral or deceitful conduct.

Rule 1.02. A lawyer shall not counsel or abet activities aimed at defiance of the law or at lessening confidence in the legal system.

Rule 6.01. The primary duty of a lawyer engaged in public prosecution is not to convict but to see that justice is done. The suppression of facts or the concealment of witnesses capable of establishing the innocence of the accused is highly reprehensible and is cause for disciplinary action. Continue reading

Dinner with the professors


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