About the Blog

Exoteric (adj). – suitable for or communicated to the general public.

Source: Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1). Random House, Inc. 06 Mar. 2009. <Dictionary.com http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/exoteric&gt;

Exoterica (noun) – ideas, principles, writings or the like, of an exoteric nature.

Source: Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1). Random House, Inc. 06 Mar. 2009. <Dictionary.com http//dictionary.reference.com/browse/exoterica>

This blog features developments in, and articles on, Philippine law and jurisprudence. It focuses on decisions of the Philippine Supreme Court and laws enacted by Congress.

Hector de Leon Jr. was reading some blogs one Saturday afternoon and the idea of writing a Philippine law blog (also called a “blawg”) was born. He started the blog sometime March 2009 (but the blog became accessible to the public months later). Several colleagues joined him as co-bloggers in January 2010.

Blog Structure

The main pages of this blog are:

  1. The Home Page;
  2. Disclaimer;
  3. About the Bloggers;
  4. About the Blog;
  5. Contact/Subscribe; and
  6. NewLex.

The Home Page

The Home Page contains the most recent postings. To read past posts, you can click “Older Entries” at the bottom of the Home Page.

In order to give the reader a sense of what exactly the Philippine Supreme Court said, we normally reproduce the ruling itself (subject to editing and paraphrasing). However, if you want to read a verbatim reproduction of the decision, you can click on the G.R. number of the case, and this will open up a copy of the decision (as published in the Supreme Court’s website).

The right hand column of the Home Page (and all other pages) contains:

(1)      a search button;

(2)      a button to subscribe to the RSS feed;

(3)      a link to bookmark and share the blog;

(4)      a link to subscribe by email (through Google’s Feedburner);

(5)      updates to NewLex;

(6)      a list of upcoming posts;

(7)     the top 6 most read posts during the previous days (automatically generated by WordPress);

(8)      the most recent post of each blogger;

(9)      the 24 most recent posts;

(10)      the current month’s calendar (where you can see the title of articles posted during the current month by putting the mouse cursor over the date in bold font);

(11)    the monthly archive (which you can use to look for articles posted during a particular month);

(12)    areas of law (which you can use to search for articles filed under a particular category of law);

(13)    popular tags (which is a list of the most popular tags; clicking on a tag will show the Lexoterica articles with that tag);  and

(14)    resources (which contains links to websites of various Philippine government agencies).


As you may reasonably expect from lawyers, this page contains disclaimers relating to the use of this blog.

The matters contained in this blog are for your general information only. This blog is not intended to be a forum for obtaining legal advice on specific legal issues. If you need legal advice, kindly contact a lawyer who can provide the assistance that you may require.

About the Bloggers/About the Blog

These pages are self-explanatory.


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NewLex contains a listing of recent Republic Acts.

Note on “Legalese”

In 2009, Hector posted a weekly article called “Legalese”. These articles are divided into 4 parts:

Lexicon. This contains a definition of a legal term or concept.

Lexplore. This explores a legal provision relating to the defined term or concept and quotes the legal provision.

Lexpound. This expounds a provision of law.

Lexcogitate. This encourages the reader to think of the answer to a specific issue, i.e., excogitate.

In 2010, he will begin a series of articles on the legal aspects of commencing and conducting business.

Unless otherwise indicated, the source cited is a book written by Hector’s father.

Header Picture

The Tardieu Map of the East Indies, Singapore, Southeast Asia, Sumatra, Borneo, Java previously used as header picture is from Wikimedia Commons.

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Content on this blog is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 Philippines License.