BSP Application

It was last year since I visited the web site of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) and saw that there was an opening for a lawyer position. I filled up an application and just e-mailed it to the Human Resource Department together with my curriculum vitae. I didn’t expect any reply/ feed back, it’s worth the shot anyway.

This is year (April 2012), I decided again to visit the BSP web site and saw an anticipated vacancy for a lawyer position. This time i hand carried my application and CV, and i e-mailed it, and now hoping that I be short listed.

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Coron, Palawan Adventure

Finally, almost a year after I booked a flight to Busuanga, Palawan, my Coron Island adventure came to reality. From February 14 – 17, together with some friends, we explore some awesome and breath-taking islands and beaches of Coron.

We stayed at Mammita’s lodge. The food was great! I think i gained 5 pounds. I will post some pics soon!

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Interview – part 2

Just when  I thought I was just waiting for the result of my interview with the Justices, OSG HR called me again and informed me that Justice Mandin requested my presence on February 8, 2012, 9:00am, for his turn to interview me.

this time, no question regarding impeachment nor out of the context questions, instead, the questions were about technical requirements on filing OSG cases, i.e., expropriation, change of name, change of entry, etc…

I think I did good, even though i was not able to answer all the questions.

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(Panel) Interview – part 1

In my last blog, i was excited when the Human Resource Department of the Office of the Solicitor General called me and informed me of my panel interview. On 02 February 2012, I did not report for work. I made an excuse that i had to go home in Bulacan for a family gathering. I was expecting that the panel interview is a whole day event, so  better to inform my new office that I am out the whole day.

My schedule for the panel interview was supposed to be around 10:00 o’clock in the morning, but the OSG Justices came late going to the panel room. Out of the five (5) justice panelist, only 3 appeared – ASG Tang, Fernandez and i forgot the other justice; HR told me that the other 2 panel justices were on-leave and will be late.

It was not the the typical job interview scenario. Questions revolved around rules of court, laws, jurisprudence, current issues and experiences. The first part of the interview started around 10:45am and ended around 12:15pm. I was later informed by the HR personnel that part two (2) of the interview will resume around 2:00 pm with Justice Karl Miranda.

When Assistant Solicitor General Karl Miranda learned that my panel interview that morning took quite some time, he made a statement: “That long? You are that interesting?” I took that as a compliment.The interview with Justice Miranda was intense. He asked questions from basic laws to complicated ones. We even tackled the issues on international laws, and the relation of the holy bible to man’s laws. I was asked if i passed his interview, I honestly said “no”, and i just answered “sir, give me the grade that i deserved”. I think ASG Karl Miranda is  kind and accommodating. During the interview, he offered and gave me a cup of tea and a biscuit. And even after the interview, he let me have a snack with his lawyers and staffs. The interview lasted for at least two (2) hours, from 2:00pm to 4:00pm.

I had a feeling back then that I did good on my interviews..

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Dream Job

Ever since I was in law school it is a dream to work with the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG).

Sometime in July 2011, I decided to submit a job application at the OSG hoping that I will get through despite the “alleged” politics in the selection process. A few months after, or on September 2011, I received a call from the OSG Human Resource Department informing me that I was short listed and invited me for an examination. It was not an ordinary exam. It was an actual case pending before the Supreme Court and I was required to make my on Memorandum. I admit, it was not easy. The candidates were given the whole day to make the Memorandum. I had a difficult time doing my research at the OSG library and the internet connection was slow and intermittent. At the end of the day, I knew failed to make a good argument in my Memorandum. But still, I was still hoping that they will find something in my Memorandum that would be worthy for a panel interview with the Assistant Solicitor Generals. Year 2011 passed, and I haven’t heard anything from the OSG.

When I almost lost hope, sometime on January 27, 2012, HR called me again and informed me that I’am included in the shortlisted applicants to undergo the panel interview on February 2, 2012.

(cont…)

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