Amicus Curiae

The following articles were also published in BusinessWorld.

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

October 24, 2018

With the alarming increase of mental health illnesses today, with more than 300 million people suffering from depression alone according to the World Health Organization, the enactment of Republic Act No. 11032 or the Mental Health Act last 20 June 2018 is a boon to Filipinos. It is an affirmation of the basic right of all Filipinos to mental health as well as the fundamental rights of people who... Read More

October 18, 2018

Entities and individuals covered by Republic Act No. 10173, otherwise known as the Data Privacy Act of 2012 (“DPA”) were required to register with the National Privacy Commission (“NPC”) in two (2) phases: (1) the appointment of a Data Protection Officer by last 09 September 2017; and (2) the registration of Data Processing Systems by last 08 March 2018. Under NPC Circular No. 17-01, the NPC... Read More

October 03, 2018

“A lot of people have ideas, but there are few who decide to do something about them now. Not tomorrow. Not next week. But today. The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer.” — Nolan Bushnell, Entrepreneur The art of growing a country’s economy is akin to solving a difficult jigsaw puzzle. Every piece of it should be assembled and interlocked in order to complete the picture. In the... Read More

September 26, 2018

On 27 July 2018, the Honorable Secretary of Labor and Employment Silvestre H. Bello signed Department Order No. 195, Series 2018 (“D.O. 195-18”), entitled “RULE AMENDING SECTION 10 OF RULE VIII OF THE IMPLEMENTING RULES AND REGULATIONS OF THE LABOR CODE ON WAGE DEDUCTION.” The amendment was not lengthy, but its implications are worth examining. It is widely accepted that the Philippines is one... Read More

September 05, 2018

WHILE few of us were watching, the House Committee on Ways and Means approved on Aug. 7 the substitute bill for the second package of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN), which is now known as the Tax Reform for Attracting Better and High-quality Opportunities, or the TRABAHO Bill, for brevity. Despite its new moniker, the TRABAHO Bill retains the essential features of the... Read More

August 29, 2018

LAST Aug. 26, 2018, the international gaming community watched intently as two of the world’s best DOTA2 teams went head to head for the championship title of The International 2018 (TI8), the biggest annual competition in the e-sports universe. OG emerged victorious, not only earning the respect of millions of players, but also a staggering USD11,227,487.00 as prize money. Most e-sports, or... Read More

August 08, 2018

“I dle, shiftless and worthless man who made no attempt to follow any legal calling, and whose habits of life were those of an immoral and dissolute good for nothing.” This is how Justice Carson described a man guilty of vagrancy. A decade after its enactment, Act No. 519, the law punishing vagrancy, was first put to use in the case of US v. Molina wherein a 33-year-old man was found guilty... Read More

August 02, 2018

Corporate governance is a system of rules and policies by which a company is directed and controlled. It influences the behavior of the company including how risks are managed and how objectives are set. In the past decade, the interest in corporate governance, particularly in relation to accountability of its board of directors, exponentially increased. With the collapse of high-profile... Read More