Atty. Howard Chan

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Name: Howard
Date registered: August 6, 2011


Howard Chan has been blogging since 2010. He was a former car wash boy, laborer, service crew, house painter, term paper trafficker, call center agent, virtual assistant, and website manager - all these he did to support his studies. He passed the 2014 Bar Exams and was admitted to the practice of law in April 2015. As a lawyer, he intends to continue his advocacy of fighting injustice. Note: This is his second profile on this blog. He wrote articles before under the name "UberChan" [now Howard Chan (The Student)]. This second profile is created for the purpose of distinguishing articles he wrote when he was a working student from articles he wrote when he's already a lawyer.

Latest posts

  1. Arguing in Court vs Arguing Elsewhere — February 22, 2017
  2. International Basketball Should Have Height Divisions! — April 10, 2016
  3. On Pinoy Celebrities… — January 24, 2016
  4. On Parenthood… — January 22, 2016
  5. NPA: The government’s convenient excuse — November 7, 2015

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Arguing in Court vs Arguing Elsewhere

Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedInAs a lawyer, I am used to being told I am wrong. That’s the nature of this profession. You have to advocate a side and defend your client’s cause with diligence and vigilance. No matter how absurd it may be. Today, though, was different. It was almost an epiphany. I found out …

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International Basketball Should Have Height Divisions!

Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedInYep, you read that right! I mean, if boxing and wrestling have weight divisions, then it is just right for basketball to have a height division. And I mean this to be applied in international competitions like FIBA and the Olympics. Why? In the spirit of fairness, of course! I know very …

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On Pinoy Celebrities…

Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedInOn Pinoy Celebrities… It was reported that Daniel Padilla makes one million pesos per taping day. Damn! And he’s not even a great actor!! Allegedly, Coco Martin was paid 35 million pesos to indorse Sonny Angara. Although that has been denied by both camps. John Lloyd Cruz, based on the tax he paid …

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On Parenthood…

Had to drop by a bank branch today because my wife needed to have her online banking activated. This can be done via an ATM.

I joined a queue and before me was a father and his son. One guy (Guy 2) just finished with the ATM and it turns out he is a workmate of the guy in front of me (Guy 1).

Guy 1 sheepishly asked Guy 2, “Sir, meron na?”

Guy 2 replied “Wala pa sir. Ung service charge lang namin ang naipasok.”

After hearing that, Guy 1 with his son left the queue with a sad look on his face. I was thinking, perhaps he was supposed to treat his son today but had to cancel that because of the delayed pay.

I know how Guy 1 was feeling because I’ve been there. In fairness to the fast food service I worked for before, there ATM payment was always on time. But my first boss as a virtual assistant, he was the master of delay. There were times before where my payments would take two weeks to be “processed” via PayPal.

My boss then was actually a middleman. He was the one who gets clients for us, he receives payment from the client, gets his cut, and then he gives us his cut. But for some reason, it always took him a loooong time to pay us. At that time I was helpless because I was new to the game and had to put up with my boss and so there will be times where I am literally with nothing.

I remember there was a time when we had to borrow noodles and “tuyo” from the nearest sari-sari store because we simply had nothing to eat. That was a stormy day that day too.

I guess that was the final straw that broke the camel’s back because I said “fuck it, I’m just going to get my own client!” And the rest was history.

Anyway, sorry for the adlib. Going back to the point I want to make in this short story. So, after that I went out of the bank and I proceeded to go to our local court because I also needed to follow up on something. On my way, I saw a man carrying his child. His child was about a year old. The man was skin and bones, with deep eyes, ragged clothes, and an overall messy appearance. He was wearing his child using what was perhaps a blanket. His child was crying. The man was also holding a cup which he reached out to people as he begged for alms. It was a pity scene but it was never my style to give money to beggars. I am actually against it.

That scene got me into some thinking. Why do people give birth if they can’t handle it?

I am not saying that less fortunate people should not give birth. What I am saying is, if you can’t even feed yourself well, do not even think of having a child because just think of the welfare of the child.

To some this is harsh, but to me, it’s simply being pragmatic.

The sight of that one year old crying is forever impressed in my mind. It’s like an indelible ink. The child was obviously hungry and undernourished. It made me think of my child. I could not imagine neglecting my child like that. Now I know some of you might say “you do not even know the entire story of that man” – well, it’s true, that man might have been in better times when his child was born and that they unfortunately ran into a series of misfortunes but still, looking at things in general, the principle that you should not even think of starting a family if you can’t afford it still applies.

I mean, really, why bring a life into this world knowing that you can’t nurture it properly? Aren’t you just causing more suffering by doing that? Now I know people will throw the “happiness” argument; that if that’s what makes you happy, then go ahead and have a child. But that reasoning is way out of line. You’re being selfish if you say that. You’re just thinking of your happiness not the welfare of the child. Because if you ask me, nobody wants to be born into this world poor.

My point is, if you want to be a parent, please make sure that you are ready to support a life other than yours.

I am not also saying that only rich people should have children. That is stupid. A lot of rich people do ignore their child too.

What I am saying is, being a parent is a responsibility. One should think first before having a child regardless of your status in life. Having a child is one of the most life changing events a person can have. It’s not just a spur-of-the-moment thing. A lot of people are too impulsive when it comes to sex that they do not fully realize the consequences.

Some people say that we should have so and so education to teach people about responsible parenthood. I am okay with that. But to my mind, things like this should be simple. You do not need to be educated about it. It is common sense. If you can’t handle it, then don’t.


NPA: The government’s convenient excuse

Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedInI’ll make it clear as early as this part of the article: I am not pro-NPA. In fact, as early as 2010, I’ve already said that the CPP-NPA is one of the factors that’s making this country backwards. But really, there is again a vicious cycle here. It’s been said that the biggest …

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Philippines: Most Corrupt?

Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn Do not be misled by the above video. It had, as of this writing, 1.5 million views and just by reading the comment section it appears that a lot of people really believed that the Philippines is the most corrupt country. This 2014 video originated from this stupid website: The Philippine Pride …

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Status update

Usapang Praktikal…

Kung ako si Mar Roxas, tatakbo na lang akong vice president.

Mukhang mananalo si Grace Poe na pangulo eh at mukhang wala namang laban si Mar.

Si Mar, may laban pag bise presidente ang tatakbuhan.

Pero mukhang madidisqualify si Poe as president later on dahil nga sa lakas ng ebidensiya laban sa constitutional qualifications niya as president.

So by virtue of succession, ang susunod na uupo ay ang bise presidente.



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I don’t think you’re really that intellectual if you believe in fairy tales.


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Finding inspiration in everyday people

It was quite surreal to find myself trending in various social media sites. I’ve written a few articles before for my blog and for other blog sites that went viral but I never imagined that I myself would become a trending topic, even at least for a day.

But looking back at that experience, several things come to mind. Foremost of which is, would my story go viral had I become someone (something) else other than a lawyer. Would my story be any less inspiring if I became a teacher or an engineer or a nurse?

I was asking that myself because truly, and I’ve mentioned this to every reporter/blogger who wanted to broadcast/publish my story: my story is commonplace in this country. Everyday’s a struggle for most Pinoy youth. In my life, I’ve met people who had it worse than me but through hard work, they were able to alleviate their status in life. I’ve met a former security guard who became a well-loved politician, I’ve met a shoe-shine boy who became a college professor, I’ve had a friend who used to live in the slums far worse than the places we used to live in who topped the accountancy board exams. And after my story went viral, I was approached and messaged by strangers who shared the same story line and I was blown away by their personal experiences! Someone shared that he was once a bakery boy but is now a part of a leading IT company in the UK. Someone also shared the story of a pedicab driver who topped the accountancy board exams. Yet, I believe their stories never went viral.

Indeed, there’s a lot of hardworking people out there and it’s not surprising really for someone like me to attain my dream of becoming a lawyer.

I was really puzzled at first when media people started contacting me about my story.  When I posted my story on my personal blog page, it was nothing more than a personal reminder. So when I began receiving messages for interviews, I declined in a heartbeat. I went to a point where I told a news researcher, that my story was for all the selfish reasons. I did it for me in the first place. In fact, anyone in my position would do the same. It was just a normal undertaking. But just like everyone else, he said, my story is an inspiration.

An inspiration.

That got me good.

And I am really thankful for all the people who find inspiration in my story. It is an honor to inspire people.

But let me take this opportunity to remind others that we should not overlook everyday inspirations. One thing that I always say to people who reach out to me telling me how I’m being an inspiration to them is that they too can be an inspiration and I tell them, we should always find ways to be an inspiration to to others even in our own little ways.

And I couple that with a reminder that we should always find inspiration in everyday people. This can be done simply by acknowledging other people’s efforts; by finding merit in their struggles.

That school teacher who spends his own money for visual aids just so he can impart effectively his knowledge to his students – he is an inspiration. That father who skips lunch so that he could find extra income during lunch break to add to his daughter’s tuition expenses – he is an inspiration. That volunteer going house to house surveying for undernourished kids – she is an inspiration. That college student, working in a fast food chain to support her studies – she is an inspiration.

With that last example, let’s not always look at the finished product for inspiration. Let us also find inspiration and strength in those who are weathering adversities in order to reach their dream.

To paraphrase an old saying, everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. We should always respect and acknowledge that. A little recognition of someone else’s effort can go a long way.


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Just a few months in law practice, but it seems apparent that good lawyers are approached by good clients. Shady lawyers are approached by shady clients. As the old saying goes, birds of the same feather, flock together.

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