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Amicus Curiae

The following articles were also published in BusinessWorld.

October 19, 2017

Reputation matters. It could make or break one’s chances of availing a much needed financial life line. In the financial industry, before a credit facility is extended, it is a matter of course, that the financial position of individuals or entities, seeking to avail of such facility, are assessed. Essential to this is the gathering of a would-be borrower’s credit information, which task is now... Read More

October 11, 2017

The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) recently promulgated its Rules of Procedure (Rules) in its investigation and prosecution of “anti-competitive agreements” and “anti-competitive conduct.” This marks another milestone for the PCC, the agency given original and exclusive jurisdiction to enforce and implement the provisions of the Philippine Competition Act (PCA). The promulgation of the... Read More

October 06, 2017

That title is one of the lines in the hit Broadway musical, Hamilton. It tells the story of the young, scrappy, and hungry United States of America when it was just gaining its independence from England. It explores the crossroads when 13 colonies eventually coalesced into one nation bound under a federal form of government.   The Philippines is at a similar crossroads... Read More

September 27, 2017

A woman uses her computer next to a hotel window in Makati in this photo taken on March 13, 2012. -- BW FILE PHOTO   According to the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap (GGG) Report conducted in 2016, the Philippines is the most gender-equal country in the Asia-Pacific region having closed nearly 79% of its gender gap. The GGG Index ranks 144 countries on... Read More

September 21, 2017

The Philippine Competition Act (PCA) prohibits merger or acquisition agreements that substantially prevent, restrict or lessen competition in the relevant market.   Thus, defining a relevant market is a critical step in merger analysis.   Defining the relevant market serves as a basis to identify the competitors in the market, the merging companies’ individual... Read More

September 14, 2017

On Aug. 25, the secretary of the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) Silvestre H. Bello III issued Department Order 178-17 Series of 2017 entitled “Safety and Health Measures for Workers Who by the Nature of their Work Have to Stand at Work.”   DO 178-17 was issued in accordance with the power of the secretary of Labor and Employment to promulgate standards to ensure the... Read More

September 06, 2017

Republic Act No. 10173, or the Data Privacy Act of 2012 (DPA) was enacted in 2012 to regulate the processing of personal data by any natural and juridical person in the government or private sector. These data include personal information, sensitive personal information, and privileged information.   Under the law, personal information controllers and personal information... Read More

August 29, 2017

“The department store is online now.” – Warren Buffett on the transformation of retail as we know it. The Internet has revolutionized the way of doing business. It has expanded the reach of businesses beyond territorial jurisdictions and created a seemingly borderless world. The mode by which commercial transactions are conducted has drastically changed - allowing businesses and individuals all... Read More

August 16, 2017

More than just a recital of “I do’s” and promises of a lifetime, marriage is an assumption of legal obligations with far-reaching implications. Consistent with the high regard of Philippine culture to parental roles and responsibilities in values formation and character-building of individuals, no less than the 1987 Philippine Constitution considers marriage an “inviolable social institution”... Read More

July 26, 2017

With the Supreme Court’s recent pronouncement in Philippine Daily Inquirer, Inc. (PDI), there is a need to reexamine the earlier case of Next Mobile, Inc. (Next Mobile) which laid down the exception to the rule on the execution of waivers of the reglementary period when the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) may still issue an assessment. Earlier this year, the Supreme Court decided the... Read More

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