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Amicus Curiae

The following articles were also published in BusinessWorld.

Raymond C. Suarez, Jr.

February 06, 2019

Indigenous peoples (IPs) and indigenous cultural communities (ICCs), though explicitly protected under the Constitution itself, sadly remain one of the most marginalized and forgotten sectors in Philippine society. Most often than not, IPs and ICCs are known for their mineral-rich ancestral lands and domains which are the usual targets for mining development projects. Not known to many, however,... Read More

Johanne Kristel Emmanuelle R. Descallar

January 30, 2019

Recently, Congress decided to strengthen the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) by passing the proposed OSG law. The Senate and the House of Representatives gave their own versions of the bill, and later came to a compromise, after the bicameral conference committee approved the reconciled versions of the bills, incorporating the following salient points of the proposed new OSG Law. Primarily... Read More

January 09, 2019

In the Philippines, employees are subject to normal working hours of not exceeding 8 hours a day, for 6 days per week. It seems that our laws made it this way to provide employees ample time for rest and recreation after a hard day’s work.   However, with the ever-changing dynamics in the workplace and the growing trend towards aspiring for a more significant work-life balance, it... Read More

December 26, 2018

“God’s greatest gift is human life and we have a duty to protect the life of an unborn child.” The unborn are some of the most vulnerable and defenseless members of society. They are sometimes neglected, abandoned, and forgotten. But over the years, the government has taken a pro-active role not only in recognizing the rights of the unborn but also in enacting statutes that protect their well-... Read More

December 12, 2018

The Supreme Court recognized in the case of Saudi Arabian Airlines v. Court of Appeals (G.R. No. 122191, 8 October 1998, 297 SCRA 469) that “the presence of foreign elements (in transactions) is inevitable, since social and economic affairs of (persons and/or entities) are rarely confined to the geographic limits of their births or conception.” Thus, as an example, persons/corporations from... Read More

December 06, 2018

Freedom of Information (FOI) is a right enshrined in our fundamental law. It refers to the right of the people to information on matters of public concern. It is the right of every citizen to access official records, documents, and papers pertaining to official acts, transactions, or decisions, as well as to government research data used as basis for policy development (Sec. 7, Art. III, 1987... Read More

December 05, 2018

In this age when everything is “instant,” information on just about anything and anyone under the sun is not only readily available, but easy to come by. Especially with the proliferation of social media sites and other publicly-accessible platforms and the increasing transparency of government databases most of which are accessible on-line, a few clicks of a mouse will yield a treasure trove of... Read More

November 28, 2018

Odds are that in the past week, you liked a friend’s post on Facebook, bought food from Food Panda, and booked a ride with Grab. I, myself, have done those things in the past couple of hours. This is indeed the age of E-Commerce and online businesses. You look at the Forbes list and at the top you’ll find Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Ma, and Jeff Bezos, who, by means of the internet, created billion-... Read More

November 15, 2018

One of the most controversial issues on management rights today is the right to enter into contracting arrangements. Contracting is an arrangement where a business owner, also called a principal, agrees to farm out to another entity, called a contractor, the performance of a specific job within a definite period. In turn, the contractor hires its own employees to perform the job farmed out by the... Read More

November 07, 2018

“When the last tree has been cut down, the last fish caught, the last river poisoned, only then will we realize that one cannot eat money.” — Native American saying A recent report released by the leading international body for assessment of climate change, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (UN IPCC), established a target global warming limit of 1.5°C. To maintain this... Read More

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