Essays, Law and Politics
JCC are my initials, Jose Chavez Camano is my name. I was born in Sagnay, Camarines Sur, to Pedro and Anita Camano. I was raised poor and grew up poor. I studied at the University of the Philippines college of law (1974-1978), through the help of so many good souls.
As a teenager I worked part-time as a news reporter of Bicol Mail, a local weekly in Naga City. As a lawyer I worked as one of the in-house counsel of Technology Resource Center, (TRC) for more than 2 years and as a trial attorney for 19 years after my short stay with TRC.
I migrated to the US in 2000 to join my wife and my youngest daughter, while leaving behind my two elder children to finish their college in UP. They were in their last year of college. I would not uproot my kids from a known good university and enroll them to an unknown U.S. university. The cost also militates against the transfer.
It was a twin-reason of filial devotion and pursuit for inner peace that made my decision to leave my law practice of 22 years a lot easier. About 5 years after I left, the Supreme Court had suspended me from the practice of law for one year. This case was filed way back in 1998, but it took the IBP 6 years before it makes a finding that I should be suspended for misconduct. I was livid about this recommendation/finding because I was not able to dispute it while I was around. I put to task the Supreme Court for coming up with the resolution which I consider malicious and a pure hogwash. After this case, I wrote a book “Censuring Back the Supreme Court” to fight this scurrilous libel off. I consider the Supreme Court to have lost its moral authority to censure lower court judges and trial lawyers because it is more corrupt than the latter two groups of the legal profession, and there’s the rub.
In hindsight, I thought that if have not left, I could have maneuvered in the corridors of power to fight against this insidious “pillory”, but I could have not written this book.