Tolentino to Remulla: Make sure free legal assistance is well implemented

Tolentino to Remulla: Make sure free legal assistance is well implemented

By Liza Soriano

MANILA — Senator Francis Tolentino urged Department of Justice (DOJ) Jesus Crispin “Boying” Remulla to get a hold of and monitor the implementation of Republic Act No. 9999, otherwise known as the “Free Legal Assistance Act of 2010.”

According to Tolentino, the law allows lawyers or professional partnerships providing genuine free legal services to deduct from their gross income the amount that could have been paid for those services or up to 10% of the gross income derived from their actual performance as members of the legal profession.

Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo signed the aforementioned law back in 2010. However, as of this writing, the law has not yet been put into effect since the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has not yet published the appropriate implementing rules and regulations for the law’s applicability.

Sen. Tolentino later said that the implementation of the law would encourage lawyers to provide free legal services. In turn, this would assist in the promotion of justice in the country.

Tolentino is the Chairman of the Committee on Justice and a member of the Commission on Appointments. (ai/mtvn)

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