Message from the Chair of Volume 87


The purpose of any text is not merely to be written, but more importantly, to be read. A law review is not an exception. The PHILIPPINE LAW JOURNAL, being the only law review in the country which owes its existence to taxpayers’ money, must give back to the public not only by publishing quality articles, but also by promoting readership. Establishing venues for accessibility is thus an imperative. And in an age where the Internet serves as the backbone of interpersonal connections as well as sources of information, the need for an online venue for the PLJ is only inevitable. Recognizing that the virtual world is now a formidable “marketplace of ideas,” it was only a question of time as to when the PLJ can release its own issues in digitized form.

The idea of establishing a website has indeed been a long time coming, and I am extremely delighted that it has finally materialized after many years of collaborative effort from previous editorial boards. Likewise, the persistence of the current board in giving their input to this project has been invaluable. I am thankful for their dedication to the PLJ, especially in helping bring about this new chapter in the Journal’s life.

I am very grateful to the esteemed Justice Antonio Carpio for giving us his full support in launching the PLJ website. As early as 2005, Justice Carpio has inspired the PLJ to initiate the digitization of its issues. The creation of the PLJ website today is the culmination of this digitization project and serves as another example of his unrelenting support to the Journal over the years. The launch of the website has indeed taken the PLJ to greater heights, and it is an honor to serve as Chair at a time when the Board has received such overwhelming support from an esteemed PLJ alumnus. The PLJ will forever owe its online existence to him, and for that, the Board wishes to express its deep gratitude.

With the creation of the website, the tasks of disseminating legal knowledge and eliciting critical thinking with respect to legal issues become easier as articles reach not just students and members of the legal profession, but the whole online community around the world. This development in the life of the PLJ will not only pay homage and exhibit the quality articles of past issues but will ideally encourage all the more the discussion and publication of key issues that affect the life of the nation. The effort to reach a wider audience will only reaffirm the PLJ’s steadfast commitment to academic excellence, legal scholarship, and more importantly, social relevance.

Jenny Jean B. Domino
Chair, Vol. 87