Amicus Curiae

The following articles were also published in BusinessWorld.

April 15, 2014

YOU have a brilliant business idea, but you do not have the funding. Then there is the investor, wanting to invest in an idea, yet he does not know what.  If only you have a way to meet each other...  You do. Imagine a portal similar to Kickstarter and SoMoLend. Post your brilliant business idea, pictures showing your prototype, implementation plans, and funding requirements. Offer... Read More

March 12, 2014

Last January, several regions in the Philippines saw an increase in the minimum wages of their employees. As we get closer and closer to the first of May, the clamour for an increase in basic wage is sure to get louder. This call will not go away as long as the steady increase in cost of living continues. Employers, however, face challenging circumstances whenever minimum wages are increased.... Read More

Cesareo Antonio S. Singzon, Jr.

February 19, 2014

There was a lot of excitement in the capital markets scene in the early months of 2013. The Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) just came out of a banner year, ranking among the top performing stock exchanges in the world for 2012. Adding to the excitement among capital market practitioners was the issuance by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) of its Memorandum Circular No. 10, series of... Read More

February 16, 2014

The protection of intellectual property rights (IPR) has become a fast-growing global industry in recent years. IPRs, particularly trademarks, are no longer mere inchoate rights but are proprietary assets that produce economic and commercial value benefiting not only the intellectual property owner but also the public and the state. Recognizing the globalization of intellectual property,... Read More

February 12, 2014

The recent preventive double mastectomy of top Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie brought further awareness about breast cancer and its early detection and treatment. Preventive double mastectomy can either be the surgical removal of the entire breasts and nipples; or the removal only of the breast tissue, not the nipples.  According to Ms. Angelina Jolie, in her 14 May 2013 article posted in... Read More

February 05, 2014

We live in a society where businesses thrive and flourish based on so-called gentlemen’s agreements and adhere to a close knit paradigm of intrapersonal relationships. Most businessmen today fail to recognize the value of a written and signed contract. While not all contracts need to be in writing and subscribed by or signed by the parties to be enforceable, the Statute of Frauds, found in... Read More

January 29, 2014

One of my professors in Political Science way back in college once said that the Philippines has a decided advantage in a military conflict with any country because of our Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs). According to him, these OFWs are akin to a “forward deployed force”, deeply embedded in about every country in the world and ready to strike upon call. Of course he meant it as a joke. Then... Read More

Mark Alvin R. Recto

January 22, 2014

“Hands-on learning” has become an essential approach in making teaching and learning process more effective. As such, most college degrees nowadays provide in their curriculum a practicum subject requiring students to undergo on-the-job training (“OJT”) or internship as a prerequisite for graduation. OJT or internship programs help not only the students, but also the schools and business... Read More

Rogelio Benjamin J. Redoble

January 15, 2014

Taxes are the lifeblood of the government and so should be collected without unnecessary hindrance. On the other hand, such collection should be made in accordance with law as any arbitrariness will negate the very reason for government itself. – Justice Isagani Cruz, Commissioner of Internal Revenue v. Algue The collection of taxes is an imperious need. The actions of the BIR in recent years... Read More

January 08, 2014

Republic Act No. 8371, otherwise known as the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act of 1997 (“IPRA”), was signed into law on 29 October 1997. Hailed as landmark legislation, the Act recognizes the Indigenous Cultural Communities’/Indigenous Peoples’ (“ICCs/IPs”) rights to their ancestral domains and ancestral lands. Some of the significant provisions in the Act involve the delineation between ancestral... Read More