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FAMILY FIX: Filing Bankruptcy in the Philippines - An Option or Not for Debt-Stricken OFWs

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A very concerned individual has asked this question in behalf of the many Filipina working as domestic workers in Hong Kong who had been taken advantage of by employment agencies and others, and many owe huge debts – far more than they are ever likely to be able to pay. The requestor of advice is a foreigner who is knowledgeable about bankruptcy law in his country. He wants to know, if under Philippine law, these Filipina women can file a bankruptcy and if the bankruptcy proceeding is a practical method for a person to get out of the burden of debts. He also wants to know if the person residing in Hong Kong would need to return to the Philippines in order to file bankruptcy.

My reply:

Please know that in my ten years of practice, I have not encountered this question so I honestly do not know the actual procedure in availing this remedy. The basis of my reply is book knowledge and not experience so I may not be the right person to advice you on the practicality of the approach.

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J.Reuben Clark Law Society First Year Anniversary Conference

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DISPENSING LEGAL SERVICE WITH THE ENERGIES OF OUR SOUL First Year Anniversary Conference
August 21-22, 2009
Makati, Philippines


WELCOME TO THE CONFERENCE
In behalf of the Organizing Committee of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society Philippines Chapter, I welcome you to Makati, Philippines for the First Year Anniversary Celebration of the Law Society. Thanks to Attys. Norman Nunez, Rodrigo Reyna, Josefina Olivete and Robert Cauilan, together with many other helpers who have made the Conference possible.


Our Theme is inspired by the talk ‘Learning to Serve’ by L. Tom Perry (Liahona, May 2002) and was aptly suggested by the Legal Aid Committee Chair, Atty. Reyna. We would recall that the Law Society was formed a year ago because of our desire to serve and to give one’s professional talent to bless the lives of others through a return to one of the noblest traditions of the legal profession – the legal representation of those in society who otherwise do not have equal access to the protection of t…