In the Philippines, statutory law includes constitutions, treaties, statutes proper orlegislative enactments, municipal charters, municipal legislation, court rules, administrative rules and orders, legislative rules and presidential issuance.
Jurisprudence - or case law - are cases decided or written opinion by courts and by persons performing judicial functions. Also included are all rulings in administrative and legislative tribunals such as decisions made by the Presidential or Senate or House Electoral Tribunals. Only decisions of the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal are printed as House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal Reports, volume 1 (January 28, 1988-October 3, 1990) to present. They will be available electronically at the Supreme Court E-Library.
For Muslim law, the primary source of Shariah are Quran, Sunnaqh, Ijma and Qiyas. Jainal D. Razul in his book Commentaries and Jurisprudence on the Muslin Law of the Philippines (1984)
It is important for legal research experts to know the source where the materials were taken. One has to determine whether they came from primary (official) sources or secondary(unofficial sources).
Primary sources "are those published by the issuing agency itself or the official repository, the Official Gazette. Thus for Republic Acts and other "laws" or statutes, the primary sources are the Official Gazette published by the National Printing Office and the Laws and Resolutions published by Congress. For Supreme Court decisions, the primary sources are the Philippine Reports, the individually mimeographed Advance Supreme Court decisions and the Official Gazette. Publication of Supreme Court decisions in the Official Gazette is selective. Complete court reports for Supreme Court decisions is the Philippine Reports.
The Secondary Sources are the unofficial sources and generally refer to those commercially published or those that are not published by government agencies orinstrumentalities. Vital Legal Documents contains a compilation of Presidential Decrees(1973) to the present Republic Acts, published by Central Book Supply. Sulpicio Guevara