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Business law in the Philippines

Legal Framework

Independence of Justice
The judiciary in the Philippines, though generally independent, is hampered by corruption and inefficiency.
Equal Treatment of Nationals and Foreigners
To a large extent, foreign nationals can expect an impartial trial from the country’s judicial system.
The Language of Justice
The Philippines have two judicial languages: Filipino and English.
Sources of the Law and Legal Similarities
The main source of the law is the constitution of 1987. The country’s legal system is based on Spanish and Anglo-American law. The Philippines accept compulsory ICJ jurisdiction though with reservations.
Checking National Laws Online
Philippine Laws and Jurisprudence Databank

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