Safeguarding Liberty and nurturing Prosperity under the imperative of the Rule of Law

By: Ma. Janine V. Pedernal University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Civil Law Executive Summary      In a country where adherence to due process and the rule of law is uncompromising, it is indeed a well-settled principle that the law may be harsh but is still the law, or dura lex sed lex. This legal maxim does not only refer to the implementation and enforcement of the laws and to the administration of justice, but also to safeguarding liberty, nurturing prosperity and conquering poverty. Everything in this country does not always revolve around the orbit of politics, economy, and…

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Consent and Liberty of the Governed under the rule of law

By: Dion Ceazar M. Pascua San Beda College Manila College of Law EXECUTIVE SUMMARY      In these centuries of radical changes against colonial rule happening all over the world, classes have also risen, and populist nationalism had begun to rise.  More importantly, the modernization and renewal of legal and government institutions have taken place.      It’s important to underscore these developments that led to the institutionalization of democratically-made laws.  These laws must always be understood as made in the context and consent of the governed.  While indeed republicanism is the only practicable and modern way to initiate and govern…

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Liberty from Arbitrariness and Prosperity from Judicial Stability under the Rule of Law

By: Ervin Fredrick H. Dy University of the Philippines College of Law   Executive Summary        What is Rule of Law? Rule of Law is the legal principle that law should govern a nation, as opposed to being governed by arbitrary decisions of individual government officials. It is exactly this capricious, whimsical, arbitrary or despotic manner equivalent to lack of jurisdiction which is often the subject being assailed at in numerous petitions for certiorari. Rule of Law affords people a certain expectation of fair play and not being simply left to the whims of a person, such as…

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Advocacy and the Art of Small Steps
FLP Scholar and 2018 Bar Exam Topnotcher No. 1 Atty. Sean James Borja delivering his message

Advocacy and the Art of Small Steps

By: Sean James B. Borja Ateneo de Manila Law School   Executive Summary: Resonance        In the age of millennials, where choice is virtually unlimited, choosing a career path is a quarterlife crisis waiting to happen.  Luckily for me, that was not the case; as early as my junior year in high school, I was fairly set on becoming a lawyer. While I was spared the conundrum of discovering what I wanted to do in life, however, vocational certainty did not mean understanding. I relished in building my hopes and dreams and yet I had a rather rudimentary…

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Safeguarding of Liberty and Nurturing of Prosperity Under the Rule of Law

By: Jose Noel B. Hilario University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Law   Executive Summary        When I was a child I always hear the importance of education. I heard it several times from my parents and from others which at times seem trivial perhaps by reason of my young age. Nonetheless, looking back I thank God for our situation in life for it helped me realize education’s true importance.      As a boy I already knew that we are not among those fortunate people born with a silver spoon albeit we are not poor. That is…

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Making the ocean less salty: An advocacy for a more civilized public discourse

By: Kevin Ken S. Ganchero Far Eastern University Institute of Law   Executive Summary        A common trait of all democratic governments is the recognition that sovereignty resides in the people who directly, or through their duly elected representatives, shape public policy. In these societies, every opinion or dissent ─ is a drop in an ocean of discourse. Ideally, this whole mass of ideas would condense into the best of solutions, laws and actions that the people can collectively pursue. Admittedly, this is a painstaking process.      Healthy debate is crucial for discourse in this complicated system…

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The Power and the Limitation of Law in the Pursuit of Liberty and Prosperity

By: Vanessa Gloria S. Vergara Ateneo de Manila University School of Law Executive Summary      As powerful as the law is, I have come to realize that it means nothing if it doesn’t address the actual realities that people live in. Well-worded laws on civil liberties mean nothing if they exist in a society where people are abused economically, where people don’t have a voice in society because they’re too hungry to speak. Further, the best laws on access to basic services and protection of trade would be in vain if they didn’t come with real improvements in the…

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Rule of Law as the King

By: Violeta M. Najarro, Jr. San Beda College Alabang College of Law Executive Summary        Each of us can choose what to like and unlike. We have the option to see things as moral or immoral, good or bad. Thanks to the rule of law, anybody has the free will of what he wants to do or not.      Basically, the rule of law tells us when our actions may be punishable. It draws the line and lets us know our boundaries. Thus, we must have ready access to it. Laws must be made known to us…

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Safeguarding Liberty and Nurturing Prosperity under the Rule of Law

By: Rexlyn Anne M. Evora Polytechnic University of the Philippines, College of Law When it comes to a question of power — trust no man, bind him down from mischief, by the strong chains of the Constitution.[1]             With the dawn of the new administration, unprecedented radical changes flabbergasted not only the Philippines but also the international community. The feat for the long-awaited change has not been smooth sailing and has been facing criticisms and opposition.           Since the current president waged his war on drugs, the number of drug-related deaths reached…

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My Gateway to Becoming Superman and Bill Gates

By: Kaycelle Anne M. Castillo Far Eastern University Institute of Law Executive Summary  When I landed a position in one of the top accounting firms in the country, my success already crossed my mind. This bubble of mine was popped earlier than expected. There are piles of work to do, stricter rules, bosses that can strip you off your freedom and time, and biases that can hinder one aspect or another of how you conduct your daily business.      When I got myself exposed to these, the most important lesson I learned is how the concept of freedom of directing…

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