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Dear PAO, I have a 5-year-old son. His father and I were supposed to get married 3 years ago but it did not push through because of the many differences that we have. Though I try to be civil with him, there are still times I resent him. Perhaps most…

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A bank granted several loans to a corporation. These loans were secured by a nine million real estate mortgage and P25-million surety agreement. The loans were entered into by the corporation’s president and general manager (GM) while the surety agreement was signed by the GM and his wife. The corporation…

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One evening, a man stepped out of his home and was shot by the accused. As his two daughters rushed to his aid, the accused shot one of the girls in the abdomen. The man and his daughter were rushed to the hospital. The man fully recovered after the treatment…

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Dear PAO, I am an American citizen, receiving pension from the US for being a veteran. I was a former Filipino citizen. I want to apply for dual citizenship. But I am worried of the Philippine taxes that may be imposed against me for being Filipino again. Please enlighten me…

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Dear PAO, What is the minimum wage for house helpers? What other benefits do employers need to give their house helpers? Are those helpers who are not “stay-in” included? Sincerely, George Dear George, As provided for under Section 24 of Republic Act (R.A.) No. 10361, otherwise known as the Domestic…

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Aman was convicted beyond reasonable doubt of the crime of rape punishable under the Revised Penal Code. The victim, a 39-year-old woman, was mentally retarded. She suffered from “moderate mental retardation with a mental age of (6) six years and (8) months and an IQ of (41) forty-one.” One afternoon,…

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Dear PAO, My cousin works as a “yaya” [babysitter]. She wants to leave her present job. Is there anything that she needs to consider before informing her employer about her intention to leave? Jeleen Dear Jeleen, First and foremost, your cousin must take into account the fact that she has…

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A country club, offering various sports and recreational facilities to its members, decided to conduct a study on the profitability of its food and beverage department (F&B Department). An audit was conducted to study the financial statements for the years 1989-1993. The results showed that the F&B Department incurred serious…

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