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Atty. Howard M. Calleja is ...
Atty. Howard M. Calleja is senior partner at Calleja and Saulog Law Offices.The firm's expertise is in Corporate and Securities Law, Taxation, Labor and Employment, Immigration Laws, Admiralty, Transportation and Communications, Environmental Law, Banking, Insurance, Mining, Civil and Family Law and Intellectual Property.Atty. Calleja earned his Juris Doctor degree at Ateneo de Manila.He holds a Certificate in International Law obtained from the Hague Academy of International Law in Netherlands and also graduated with a degree of Masters in Law (LL.M) in International Law at Duke University in North Carolina, USA in 1997.He
was admitted to the Philippine Bar
in 1995 andrecently passed the New York State Bar Examination in Nov. 2002.Atty. Calleja is currently completing his Masters of Business Administration at Edinburgh Business School, Heriot-Watt University, United Kingdom.He is also professor of Public International Law and Law on Sales, Obligations and Contracts at Far Eastern University, Manila.
In an exclusive interview with the ...
In an exclusive interview with the Daily Tribune, Ateneo law professor and lawyer Howard Calleja admitted to having been terrified at the President's bodyguards whom he claimed tried to arrest him and his driver Sunday night at the Korea Garden and Restaurant along Jupiter Street in Makati City because the PSG claimed he went close to the façade of the restaurant where they intend to have a family dinner.
Calleja told this reporter that he was with his eight-month pregnant spouse, Marla and four-year old son to meet his parents and relatives when the establishment's parking attendant prevented them from getting close to main entrance of the restaurant where two cars were parked at both ends of the parking strip.
Claiming to have asked why their car wouldn't be allowed to get close to the restaurant's façade where the main entrance is located, the parking attendant refused to say, compelling him to again plead that they be allowed to get close at least near the main entrance even as explained calmly on the difficulty that his wife may have considering her state of pregnancy.
Again, the parking attendant declined.
Upon entering the establishment, Calleja
approached the table where he
parents were already seated waiting for them.
A few moments after, he
got a call from the driver of his
parents informing him that armed men in plainclothes prevented his
car from leaving,while two of the "armed men" tried to drag his
driver out of the car in an effort to arrest his
"I went inside the restaurant and just went on to have dinner with my father, mother and sister who were all already inside.
After about five minutes I got a call from the driver of my father saying some armed men are arresting my driver outside," Calleja
claimed to have immediately stepped out of the restaurant to check and saw two uniformed policemen and around eight armed men in plainclothes already surrounding his
tried to ask what the commotion was all about, the armed men in plainclothes introduced themselves as members of the presidential security group and told him that his
driver had committed traffic violations for which he
should be arrested.
"So I rushed outside and was surprised to see many men around my car and two uniformed PNP
I asked my driver what he
said they didn't want him to leave the parking area and asked for his
license pointing now to a man in civilian, whom I later I found out to be part of PSG
of the President," he
Being a lawyer, Calleja grabbed his driver and tried to create a commotion by raising his voice in an apparent effort to draw attention in the area.
however found himself nearly arrested too.
asked why he
would be arrested, the PSG man allegedly told him he's
guilty of causing "alarm and scandal."
It was only after the PSG men got hold of his Integrated Bar
of the Philippines ID that they got their hands off him and his
Stunned by the incident, Calleja
just asked his
driver to leave.
As for himself, he
went back inside the restaurant and sat with his
Claiming to be completely stunned and terrified, saying he
appetite and just joined his
wife and son at the table.
Moments later, he
saw President Aquino arrive and walked straight to the second floor of the restaurant where he
was believed to meet somebody.
It was at that point.
decided they should leave, fearing the situation may get worse.
Howard Calleja of the ...
Howard Calleja of the Ateneo Law School said the past rulings of the high tribunal against NPC are proof that dam operators can be held accountable for the floods.
Atty. Howard Calleja of the Ateneo Law School
"Kapag pumasok na kasi ang kamay ng tao, at hindi na niya ito nahinto o hindi niya nakitang ito mahinto kahit na pwede sana niya itong mahinto, tatanggalin na po natin sa 'force majeure' or 'act of God' doctrine," said lawyer Howard Calleja, a professor of the law school and an expert on torts and damages.
But Calleja suggested that it may be time for local government officials and government agencies, like the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC), to be charged as well.
"Titingnan natin ang lahat ng partisipantes dito: from the LGU, from the national which is represented by the NDCC
and the dam operators because it has to a clear coordination.
If the coordination is not clear, everybody in that line of coordination, I think is negligent," said Calleja
Calleja's comments came in view of the plan of Pangasinan residents to sue NPC
and the San Roque Multi-purpose Project which released raging waters to the Agno river.
Although the high tribunal's decisions may give flood victims hope that persons responsible for the flooding will pay, Calleja
also warned future complainants that their quest for justice might take a long time.
explained decisions like these take years, before being handed down.
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Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III, the ...
Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III, the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV), through its legal counsel Howard Calleja, urged the Comelec to consider the idea of awarding the lease contract to Smartmatic.