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Rendered Work without formal contract for a foreign national living here in PH - He won't pay anymore

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Arresto Menor
Hi, I've rendered work for a foreign national (UK) living in Dasmarinas Makati. Sadly, we weren't able to craft a formal contract. All agreements were oral but I was able to record and preserve our viber, SMS conversation and email threads. These conversations reflect our mutual decision regarding the work I'm going to render.

I started working on him last May 8 and ended work by June 1.

I was working for him as a Designer. I accepted the work since it's just going to do without the coding. But when I got on board, I was surprised that he wanted me to become a frontend developer as well. In layman's, he wanted me to work on things that is out of scope or not part of my work/agreed work.

My boss was a long time client and is always paying generous amount -- although most of the time is delayed. He also is at some point, poses as a friend. As sometimes we just meet in the mall and eat together. Talk about his business and his fantasies of taking over the Zalora. He was from the gambling business but quit work to pursue his personal food delivery business. So he's really pushy since he's got a start up running.

Our setup was, I'm going to work 5 days -- 2 days in his house and then 3 days remotely. Originally, we didn't have a schedule. I accepted the work he was offering since there's no strict schedule and he said that he's going to be flexible on my time. When he forced me to work on mornings (9-whenever sometimes), I immediately requested to stop all tasks and work on a formal contract first.

In my email to him, asking to draft a formal contract, I listed all the agreed benefits and points. But he opposed some of it already since the "work" I delivered was not enough but then offered me to work part-time. I didn't agree since knowing him, he will pressure you to work on tasks that is impossible to do on a day or so. So it's bad business for me but still since I know I'm the only creative he has, I offered to work .

A month passed and he replied to just tell me that he already erased my company email account. He even requested to erase all local copies of emails saved on my end. He finally just said THANK YOU for my contribution.

It's the cheapest thing you can say for a labor done for almost a month.

We've been exchanging emails and he threatened that it is his right to not pay me since he didn't like the work I did -- not true and I can prove it in court -- and he wasn't obliged since we don't have a contract.


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