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Free Legal Assistance Act in full implementation after 12 years

/ 12:08 AM September 15, 2022
Lito Lapid. STORY: Free Legal Assistance Act in full implementation after 12 years

Sen. Manuel “Lito” M. Lapid (Screengrab from the Senate Public Relations and Information Bureau)

MANILA, Philippines — The Free Legal Assistance Act of 2010 finally has its implementing rules and regulations (IRR) 12 years after it became a law, Sen. Manuel “Lito” Lapid, who authored it, said in a statement issued on Wednesday.

“At last, we have achieved victory in implementing our law,” Lapid said in Filipino, noting that the IRR was signed last Sept. 8.

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The senator thanked to Commissioner Lilia Guillermo of the Bureau of Internal Revenud and Finance Secretary Benjamin Diokno for making the promulgation of the IRR  a priority.

The law seeks to encourage lawyers — by giving them tax deductions — to render free legal services to those who cannot afford them.

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It was signed back in 2010 by then-President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. It remained unimplemented for 12 years due to the lack of IRR.

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