Amicus Curiae

The following articles were also published in BusinessWorld.

July 10, 2018

Business is an ever-changing landscape. It finds ways to create assets, improve what has been already done, and maximize utility at the least possible cost. What organizations often disregard is the value of knowledge and training — the value of creating an avenue for delivering knowledge to the workforce. Even the “delivery” of such knowledge and training has to find a way to transcend the... Read More

July 04, 2018

Bureaucracy teaches us two things: to wait and to execute everything in triplicate. “Red tape” has since evolved from the practice of Charles V, King of Spain and Holy Roman Emperor, of using red ribbon to identify important state documents. Now, it describes a system of regulations and official actions which restrict or deny access to swift and quality government services. The problem of red... Read More

June 27, 2018

Consumer personal data has played an increasingly pivotal role in many markets and economies. Companies like Grab and Air BnB have grown their respective businesses not by acquiring tangible properties but by banking on information given to them by their clienteles. This palpable importance of consumer data has given credence to the prevalent belief that information is now the modern currency in... Read More

May 30, 2018

One of the policy declarations of the Philippine Competition Act (Republic Act No. 10667, or the PCA) is to “[p]enalize all forms of anti-competitive agreements, abuse of dominant position and anti-competitive mergers and acquisitions, with the objective of protecting consumer welfare and advancing domestic and international trade and economic development [Section 2(c)]. Chapter III of the PCA... Read More

May 25, 2018

To maintain a trademark registration with the Philippine Intellectual Property Office (IPOPHL), the registrant must use the mark in commerce and submit a Declaration of Actual Use. This is an affidavit that details information on the registered trademark and the goods and services it covers; the actual goods and services on which the mark is used; and where these goods and services can be bought... Read More

May 17, 2018

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), recognizing the financial sophistication of trust funds, released on April 20, the proposed rules and regulations on determining whether a trust fund is a qualified buyer (Proposed Rules). To put things into context, under the Securities Regulation Code (SRC), any sale of securities to a qualified buyer is an exempt transaction, i.e., the sale or... Read More

May 09, 2018

German-American socialist editor and author, Oscar Ameringer, once said: “Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other.” This is, indeed, a tough balancing act if at all possible. President Rodrigo R. Duterte found this to be so, at least with respect to the issue of “contractualization.” During the 2016... Read More

Shenna Jane T. Parado

May 02, 2018

Almost four (4) years have lapsed since the Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013, or Republic Act 10533 (RA 10533), introduced the Enhanced Basic Education Program or the K to 12 to the Philippines. By now, we have our first graduates of the K-to-12 Program. Upon the effectivity of RA 10533, a decrease in enrolment at the Higher Educational Institutions (HEI) from 2016 and 2017 until 2021-2022... Read More

April 18, 2018

The law cannot just be gauged on the basis of its provision. One should consider how its administrator views it. It should be recalled Congress recently passed the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Act, with the veto of its certain provisions. It would thus be interesting to see how the government, through the Department of Finance (DoF) specifically the Bureau of Internal Revenue... Read More

April 13, 2018

The National Privacy Commission (NPC) recently extended the deadline to submit the Annual Security Incident Report for all security incidents occurring in 2017, to June 30, 2018. The NPC had previously issued the Guidelines on Security Incident and Personal Data Breach Reportorial Requirements under NPC Advisory No. 18-01 (“Guidelines”) along with templates for the required reports. However, the... Read More