Saturday, December 23, 2017

Theft and the Law

My first job as a lawyer was as an associate in a tiny law firm in Alabang. One of our clients was a real estate firm with lots of developments around the country, including Cavite. During my first appearance at the Municipal Trial Court in Bacoor, Cavite, I was surprised when a few minutes before 8AM, a court staff asked the crowd inside the courtroom to group themselves as follows: SM to the left and non-SM to the right. The crowd dutifully complied and moved seats. After a few minutes, the left side of the courtroom was packed, with people even standing at the back, and the right side, where I was, had less than a dozen people.


As it turned out, the people on the left side had been caught shoplifting at the nearby SM Bacoor and since SM did not have a policy of settling criminal cases, even the smallest act of thievery was prosecuted.


Sunday, December 17, 2017

Saving on Christmas Gifts

Christmas doesn't faze me one bit. Nosirreee.


This is primarily because I don't subscribe to the notion of giving the perfect gift to everyone you know. It's just unnecessary stress to add to an already stressful season. It also helps that I grew up with parents who didn't wax poetic about Christmas being the most magical time of the year.


Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Hello Earth!

I'd like to introduce you all to my son, JC aka Truck (his special name courtesy of his big brother).