Filipinos, foreigners, and real estate in the Philippines

These are the basic rules on land ownership: A Filipino citizen can own land in the Philippines. A foreigner cannot own land unless he is a former Filipino citizen or he happened to inherit that land. For a corporation to own land, at least 60% of that corporation’s capital must be owned by Filipino citizens. … Continue reading Filipinos, foreigners, and real estate in the Philippines

Foreign citizens and the Bill of Rights in the Philippine Constitution

Are aliens in the Philippines entitled to the protections of Article III, the Bill of Rights under the 1987 Constitution? Yes. The Bill of Rights in our Constition generally applies to both aliens and citizens, thus the rights to due process and the rights of an accused under Article III of the 1987 Constitution are granted to a … Continue reading Foreign citizens and the Bill of Rights in the Philippine Constitution

Can a foreigner inherit land in the Philippines?

There are many possible variations of this theme. An exhaustive dissertation of all of them would take volumes. This article will discuss one particular, common scenario. In this scenario, a foreigner spouse is married to a Filipino. The Filipino owns land in the Philippines. Let's assume there are no children, mutual or otherwise, involved. Philippine law prohibits a foreigner … Continue reading Can a foreigner inherit land in the Philippines?

Martial Law under the 1987 Constitution

Adapted from a talk given at the Lyceum of the Philippines University in September 2011, at a symposium on the imposition of Martial Law in 1972. - When we speak of history, we still tend to think of a narrative of events. But it is fascinating to also consider a history of ideas. The development … Continue reading Martial Law under the 1987 Constitution