June 15, 2002 Regular News Committee ‘surprised’ by lack of interest in strategic alliance rule Committee ‘surprised’ by lack of interest in strategic alliance rule There’s no demand among Bar members to be in “strategic alliances” to offer legal and nonlegal services to potential clients, but lawyers still want strict enforcement of unlicensed practice of law rules to prevent multidisciplinary practices.Young Lawyers Division President Liz Rice, representing the MDP Ancillary Business Special Commission, told the Bar Board of Governors recently the commission was surprised by the lack of interest in its proposed strategic alliance rule.Strategic alliances are agreements between lawyers and other professionals for providing a broad range of services to clients. But unlike MDPs — which the Bar strongly opposes — there would be no sharing of legal fees or nonlawyer ownership in a law firm.Rice said the commission sent out its proposed rule to sections and committees, and met with representatives of the Business Law, Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law, and Tax sections.“There was no overwhelming support for this rule,” she told the board. “We thought this was the cure for all the folks who wanted MDPs, but surprisingly they are not in favor of the adoption of this rule. What they want this Bar to do is become vigilant in going after people for the unlicensed practice of law.”The commission also wants the Bar to do more to help members with ancillary businesses — nonlegal businesses or services owned by lawyers. The Supreme Court recently approved a Bar-sponsored ancillary business rule.“We suggest the Bar continue to focus and concentrate on providing ethical guidelines for ancillary businesses,” Rice said. “Lawyers want more seminars on how to create ancillary businesses, and develop other alternative business models.”The commission recommended more advice on ancillary businesses be published on the Bar’s Web site and in the Bar News, and that the Bar look at the effect of ancillary businesses and similar arrangements on consumers. Rice said the panel also wants to set a unified approach by the Bar in enforcing and explaining the ancillary business rules.
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According to Sotto, the US government’s action, if confirmed, showed it believes unverified information about supposed extrajudicial killings. “Hindi maganda kung totoo ‘yun kasi ‘di pa naman nila alam kung totoo ang EJK (Extra judicial killing). Pag-aralan muna nila,” he said./PN Based on a report by Politiko website, Dela Rosa’s US visa was cancelled since May 2019 with Asia Reassurance Initiative Act as basis for the cancellation due to his alleged involvement in the supposed extrajudicial killings of drug suspects. The former Philippine National Police chief said that he has not visited the United States in a while for fear of being denied entry. “What is 11,000 compared to the whole Filipino nation na matagal ng sinamantalahan ng isang kumpanya,” says Sen. Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa. ABS-CBN NEWS “Naniwala sila agad sa kuwentong kutsero. Pagbibintangan nila si Bato, eh ang ibang pagpatay nangyari umpisa pa lang ng campaign. Sila-sila nagpapatayan,” he said. Meanwhile, Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III slammed the US for cancelling Dela Rosa’s US visa for believing in “fake news” that the latter was involved in extra judicial killings. Sotto, in a radio interview on Saturday, challenged the US government to show proof that the drug suspects who died during the Duterte administration were victims of extrajudicial killings. MANILA – Amid reports his visa gotcanceled, neophyte Sen. Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa said he has yet to receive anofficial communication from the United States government. “Hindi ko na lang tinry manood ng last Pacman fight kasi baka hindi nga ako papasukin at mapahiya lang ako. May tsismis na akong naririnig noon pa prior to the fight,” Dela Rosa said during an interview with CNN Philippines.