I would to ask you guys regarding my employment status in the school that I am teaching as of now. I am teacher in a school since 2008. I signed a contract for 3 years. A year before my contract will end, my employer ask me if I would like to extend my service by sending me into a training. For such training, I will served the school for another 5 years. I signed the contract for another 5 years. As of now, I plan to seek for another employment in public school. I already served 3 out of years as stated in the contract. The employer told me that I would pay a breach of contract (Php 170,000) if I will resign in my job. As stated in the contract, which I DID NOT RECEIVED any copy since I was hired, a payment for breach of contract for 5 years. I was not able to finish the said training because the employer refused to continue my training. I would like ask the following question:
1. Does it lawful to pay 170,000 for breach of contract even if I did not finish my training?
2. Do I need to pay the said amount even if I already served the school 3 out of 5 years?
3. What are legal grounds for the contract will null and void?
I hope that you will give time to reply in my queries.
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