In the previous issue of DPP (Urban Expression, “Know Where You Stand”, P49) they interviewed Atty. Jose-Antonio Aliling about restrictions by mall owners on photographers:
Atty. Aliling: “Photography is just like any other right. The basic principle here is that you may exercise your right as long as it does not cross over or trample upon any other person’s right. The general rule for street photographers is that when you’re shooting in a public place and you have reasonable expectation that the public can look at it, you can shoot it. For as long as you don’t violate any law. If the guards stop you from shooting it, I’d argue that I’m shooting what I can see. If they didn’t want it to be seen, they should cover it up. And keep in mind that while they can stop you from shooting, there’s actually no consequence. To be precise, they can say what they want about their property, but they can’t touch you. They can’t confiscate your camera or equipment or beat you up. Otherwise, they will be the one who’ll be liable now. And if they ask you to delete your shots, those are your private property; unless there’s a real security issue, they don’t have the right to do that.”
-Atty. Jose-Antonio Aliling, GerodiaS Suchianco Estrella Law Firm, 633-9757/58
This is taken from the thread “Using DSLR in Malls Prohibited?” from Digital Photographer Philippines, a forum that I joined shortly after I bought my Nikon D60.