Discussion in '☋ Dumaguete City ☋' started by grandpainak, Feb 20, 2008.
look at my urban legends link posted feb.22 those lawsuits are all fictional
U.S. Intelligence: Burundi May Be Developing Telephone
July 10, 2008 | Issue 44•28
WASHINGTON—According to a report released by the Pentagon, evidence suggests that the small Central African nation of Burundi may be developing a telephone, and experts warn the country could be just 10 years away from achieving a dial tone. "If Burundi's telephone has long-distance capabilities, it will be possible for them to reach the continental United States and parts of Canada with just the push of several buttons," CIA spokesman Richard Caburn said. "Thankfully, we possess advanced caller ID technology, so if they ever decide to call, we will be prepared." The Pentagon has mailed Burundi a letter asking them to end their communications program immediately, and has not ruled out the option of a preemptive nuclear strike on the nation.
These stories may be far-fetched and fictitious, but they don't miss the truth by much. In America, a person can sue for any reason. But as one lawyer said, 'getting it to hold up in court is another matter'. Still someone else said, 'if there isn't a law, the lawyers will make one'. Only in America can this kind of legal abuse happen.
In the Philippines as an expat if you do anything to injure or harm a Filipino, it's your fault, including threatening or harming someone trying to break into your house. It will cost you a million pesos minimum for a death settlement.
The criminals in Dumaguete have the cops on there side, and hire the best lawyers, Filipino drunk drivers families successfully sue foreigners for getting pasted by their drunk relative.
That's the truth. This aint Kansas.
It sounds like the Philippines has been taking lessons from the USA justice system. I sometimes wonder if the judges and laywers who permit such criminal injustice received their license with their first baby pacifier.
I wonder if the expat can sue the drunk for illegal trespassing?
Well, in fact the Philippine system of courts, surveying, and many other infrastructure such as utilities, electric, gas, etc, are modeled on the U.S. system. The difference is how they are implimented and interpreted.
Lawyers and judges here milk the client for as much money as possible before reaching a settlement, that is unless the judge owes you a favor, or is your uncle. As a foreigner it is difficult, not impossible, but difficult to fight the system.
Best if you play the game the Filipinos do, and have a friend on the inside, or a powerful ally in the system. Other wise you will be led by the nose.
A life is worth anywhere from 5000 Pesos to 1 million.
If you have some time read some Philippine law, it is cyclical logic at its best,(or worst as the case may be).
Open to interpretation depending on the mood of the judge, not unlike the U.S., just much less subtle and more ambiguous.
Filipinos are screwed by the 'system' too. We've got relatives who bought a place in QC, lived in their house for years, and then some military officer took a shine to it and showed up with some bogus deed to the land and took them to court. After it went to court and they ran out of money to bribe/fight it (he was always going to have deeper pockets), they were evicted out on the street. Money buys justice....simple as that. The whole legal system is populated by crooks. Stay off the radar as best you can....even if you win by some miracle...you can still lose...
in my opinion, the legal system here, is better run than the banking system here, and quite possibly handles more money!! over and under the table!
ooops did I say that out loud? poo i meant to just say it was a absolute joke!
PS the poor in any country fight an unwinable battle against the rich! but that's normally on points of law, not cos daddies the judge!
I see a lot of strong opinions here by expats or foreigners as we are called by Filipinos. For me as a new comer here, it seems best to stay out of local politics, and avoid commenting on a system in a foreign country we really have no business criticizing, at least publicly, I mean isn't this a public forum or people just forgetting or not caring whose reading?
Anyway, if any are from the U.S. and think that the legal system there does not favor the wealthy, the connected, or the powerful, take a closer look.