Sunday, March 26, 2017

Idle and nugatory construction

I am re-reading Agpalo's Statutory Construction. So I immediately felt that something was amiss in this passage on page 14 of the Political Law Reviewer, 2015 Edition by Rolando Suarez:



I know I've met this phrase somewhere in Agpalo's text. And indeed there it was on page 626 of the 2009 Edition of the book:


Since Suarez quoted from Cooley's treatise, what better way than to check with it. This is the cover page of his ancient work:


Note the long title which reminds me of the complete title of Darwin's seminal book on evolution.

On page 92 Cooley wrote:


It seems Suarez missed a few words. Cooley's treatise is available here for download.

And yes, Darwin's book is also available for download here.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Sunday conundrum, 12 March 2017

What is a liability stroll?

Page 627 of Civil Code of the Philippines, Annotated, Vol V, 2013 Edition by Edgardo L. Paras:


Saturday, March 11, 2017

Saturday typos, 11 March 2017

A problem with zeros in Paras'  Civil Code of the Philippines, Annotated, Vol. V, 2013 Edition:

Page 671,


Page 672,

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Saturday typos, 18 February 2017

From the Civil Code of the Philippines Annotated, Vol. IV,  2008 Edition by Edgardo L. Paras:

Page 352,


Page 372,


Page 386,


Page 443.


Sunday, February 5, 2017

A bottle of goat milk: an impossible prestation?

Art. 1200, par. 2, of the Civil Code says:
     The debtor shall have no right to choose those prestations which are impossible, unlawful or which could not have been the object of the obligation.
On page 267 of the Civil Code of the Philippines, Annotated, Vol. IV, 2008 Edition by Edgardo L. Paras we find his annotation on the matter:


My first impression was that Paras did not believe that goats produce milk.

On second thought I think  Paras in his time did not know of a goat that could produce a bottle of milk in one milking. Well, not today (click on the image to go to the source):

At any rate, one does not need to drink goat milk from a bottle. I have a cousin, who in our younger days in the farm, would drink goat milk right from the teats of their goats.

 Now, that might be unusual but cannot be an impossible prestation.


Saturday, February 4, 2017

Saturday typos, 4 February 2017

From Reviewer on Commercial Law, 2014 Edition by Jose R. Sundiang, Sr. and Timoteo B. Aquino:

Page 391,


Page 527,


Page 556,


Saturday, January 28, 2017

Saturday typos, 28 January 2017

From Tax Made Less Taxing: A Reviewer with Codals and Cases, 2015 Edition by Ignatius Michael D. Ingles:

Page 296,


Page 211,


Page 218,


Page 263,