Reconfigure the minds of every Juan: NEU-COL Legal Aid Clinic initiates legal awareness online lecture series

By Alvin Joshua D. Jaurigue

Reconstructing the status quo on the violence against women and children, the New Era University College of Law (NEU-COL) Legal Aid Clinic started its Legal Awareness Online Lecture Series on February 26, 2021. The first topic was “What Every Juan Needs to Know About the Anti-Violence Against Women and Children (Anti-VAWC) Law.”

Atty. Aristeo R. Cruz, a COL professor, led the discussion about the main features of the Anti-VAWC Law, also known as Republic Act No. 9262. Anti-VAWC Law is an act defining violence against women and their children, providing for protective measures for victims, prescribing penalties therefore, and for other purposes. He tackled the legal concepts of R.A. 9262 that included the following: the acts of violence covered, who are liable, who are the persons protected, the nature of the VAWC as a public crime. He also covered some examples of cases to illustrate the law and additional concepts such as battered wife syndrome and marital rape.

“It is your right to be free from any violence and abuse, so if you feel that you are aggrieved, the R.A. 9262 is there. You could always take refuge in the law in the courts. Let us not wait for a disaster to happen before we take action,” Atty. Cruz advised.

Atty. Ida Marie E. Canton, the NEU corporate secretary, said, “[in] this period of the pandemic, [even if] the Legal Aid Clinic is closed and it’s unable to render its usual business, [this program aims] to provide to any ordinary Filipino or every Juan/Juana the knowledge and understanding of our laws.”

NEU-COL stated that this online lecture series will continue, and their Legal Aid Clinic is open for consultations and queries through its email: legalaid@neu.edu.ph.