Amicus Curiae

The following articles were also published in BusinessWorld.

September 15, 2013

One of the means to keep afloat in today’s competitive market is to hire employees who are “fit” for a particular job. However, before employers may tap the full potential of their employees, the former are expected to invest so much time, effort and money in honing their skills and perfecting their work proficiency. In fact, some employers even send their employees abroad and pay all necessary... Read More

September 11, 2013

With the recent hubbub surrounding Janet Lim Napoles, the public is steadily growing weary of the apparent anomalous disbursements of the Philippine Development Assurance Fund (PDAF). Social media networks are abuzz with posts showing seemingly questionable projects allegedly funded by the PDAF. As each expenditure of public funds is under strict public scrutiny, one wonders how the government... Read More

Kathrina Grace F. Matibag

September 04, 2013

Al Capone… Renato Corona… Mikey Arroyo… Janet Lim Napoles… What do they have in common? Among others, they all (or in the case of Napoles, soon to) have a first-hand experience with the Net Worth Method of tax investigation/audit. The Net Worth Method (NWM) is one of the indirect tax audit methods utilized by tax authorities, the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) included, which is generally used... Read More

August 28, 2013

Recent developments in digital and communications technology and the emergence of the information superhighway have paved the way for the proliferation of paperless transactions and activities undertaken in the virtual environment.  The enactment of Republic Act No. 8792, or the Electronic Commerce Act of 2000, provided a framework which sought to address legal concerns with respect to... Read More

August 14, 2013

The law (Republic Act No. 386, or The Civil Code as amended) affords illegitimate children successional rights, a far cry from way back when, under the old or Spanish Civil Code of 1889, illegitimate children had no successional rights at all, but were entitled merely to support. However, while the law as it now stands gives illegitimate children certain successional rights, one provision... Read More

Julia Anna M. Britanico

August 07, 2013

In response to rapidly changing technological and economic landscapes, companies are often constrained to look for operational strategies which will enable them to meet the demands of their clients while maintaining or reducing overhead costs within the limitations of local labor laws.  It is within the employer’s legitimate sphere of management control of the business to adopt economic... Read More

July 31, 2013

Drug abuse is a widespread and serious problem in society today, and there is a very good likelihood that in a workplace, one or more workers are into drug abuse.  This is tough for employers as drug abuse in the workplace may cause significant physical, mental or social dysfunction that affects not only the user but also the other people around the drug user including his co-employees.... Read More

July 24, 2013

THE SIXTEENTH CONGRESS has elected a new set of leaders with the Upper Chamber now headed by Senate President Franklin M. Drilon. This is his fourth stint as Senate President, having previously led the chamber in 2000; 2001-2004; and 2004-2006. The Senate Presidency, as we know, is a Constitutionally created position, elected by a majority vote of all the members of the Senate (Section 16 (1),... Read More

July 17, 2013

RECENT EVENTS have brought to light the quagmire of a problem that is the informal urban settler.   The recent attempted demolition of prime land at Agham Road, Quezon City was an ugly site, to say the least.  The savagery and violence appeared like a scene out of a Middle Eastern war zone. One cannot help but feel sorry for the law enforcers who had to face all form and manner of... Read More

July 10, 2013

The 2012-2013 World Economic Forum – Global Competitiveness Report proclaimed  the Philippines as one of the countries which showed most improvement for the covered year, “[advancing] 22 places since reaching its lowest mark in 2009.” Despite this positive trend, however, the Report observed that many weaknesses in the country remain to be addressed, such as corruption and the inadequate... Read More