Published 22 June 2020, The Daily Tribune

Two years ago, I started writing my bi-weekly legal column for Tribune. I asked our Corporate Affairs and Business Development Group for digital statistics regarding the column and I thought I should share them with you, my dear readers. Our website has reached 336, 336 users while our Facebook account has been seen by 403,082 subscribers. Our total digital reach ( including Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn) has made it to close than  800,000 readers.

I have written 214 articles and the top 20 most read topics are the following :

1.            Cyber Libel

2.            R.A. 10951 : Correcting the unjust for the benefit of the wrongdoers

3.            Warrantless Arrest

4.            2018 Revised Small Claims Rules

5.            Naturalization, Pathway to Filipino citizenship

6.            BP 22 and cheques

7.            Right of redemption

8.            Holiday Pay

9.            No return, no exchange policy

10.          Professional Tax

11.          Yours, Mine, Ours: marital property regimes of domestic and international marriages

12.          CCTV with audio in workplace, legal?

13.          Succession 101

14.          Disinheritance

15.          Death and taxes

16.          How ”freedom of expression” found its way into the 1987 Constitution

17.          Marriage settlement

18.          Absolute community of property (Part 1)

19.          Right to travel, hold departure order

20.          Features of Revenue Regulations on Estate and Donor’s Tax

Top 20 Countries Reached

  1. Philippines
  2. United States
  3. Singapore
  4. United Arab Emirates
  5. Canada
  6. Australia
  7. Hong Kong
  8. United Kingdom
  9. Saudi Arabia
  10. Japan
  11. India
  12. China
  13. Qatar
  14. Malaysia
  15. Thailand
  16. Taiwan
  17. Germany
  18. South Korea
  19. Netherlands
  20. Indonesia

Top 10 Farthest Countries Reached

  1. Bolivia
  2. Brazil
  3. Peru
  4. Columbia
  5. Ecuador
  6. Trinidad and Tobago
  7. Chile
  8. Argentine
  9. Curacao
  10. Aruba

To be honest, I was pleasantly surprised to see the extent of the reach of our column. Not bad for a two-year start.

I have also responded to various email queries from you readers. Despite my busy schedule, thank God,  I have managed to find the time to reply on pro bono basis. The topic that I remember having elicited the most number of questions from our readers is the non-compete clause in an an employment agreement. The most retweeted line which I saw is  “ there is no victim for a willing heart “ (perhaps from our male readers), a quote from a Supreme Court decision which I included in my column on breach of contract to marry.

I am also happy to note that no one has objected to and  dissented  against my legal opinions.

Thank you for the kind comments you have sent and of course, your continuing patronage. If there is any legal topic that you want to me to write about, do not hesitate to email me at

May you continue to have your dose of law.