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Amicus Curiae

The following articles were also published in BusinessWorld.

July 20, 2016

The euphoria of the 2016 elections may have died down but some legal issues are yet to be resolved by the courts and the Comelec. A number of these cases may relate to the proper interpretation of the “three-term limit rule” for local elective officials.       This disqualification rule, as enshrined under Section 8, Article X of the 1987 Constitution and reiterated... Read More

July 13, 2016

The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPO) recently released a draft proposal to amend its Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRRs) on Inter Partes Proceedings (IPPs). IPPs are proceedings or cases affecting intellectual property rights which are filed with, and prosecuted before, the IPO, such as petitions for the cancellation of patents, trademarks, utility models and... Read More

Jun Kawanami

July 06, 2016

A closer look at the Philippine Competition Act through the lens of the Japanese Competition Law    Considering the prominence of the Philippine Competition Act (the PCA) and its Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) within the legal and business communities, it would be interesting to read through their salient provisions vis-a-vis the Japanese Competition Law (the JCL).... Read More

June 21, 2016

With the threat of climate change, the international community created the Paris Agreement which aims to stop global warming and preserve the environment for our future generations. The international community is then rightfully geared towards promoting economic growth within the context of sustainable and environmentally-responsible development. As a result, new work opportunities, called “... Read More

Lady Love Y. Plaza

June 07, 2016

The constitutional right to information on matters of public concern first gained recognition in the Bill of Rights of the 1973 Constitution, which has been retained and the right therein provided amplified in the Bill of Rights of the 1987 Constitution, to wit:   “The right of the people to information on matters of public concern shall be recognized. Access to official records,... Read More

May 17, 2016

Key in where you are. Key in where you want to go. Confirm that you agree with the estimated or fixed fare. Wait for a minute or two. A vehicle arrives to take you to your destination.    These all-too-familiar keystrokes are becoming a day-to-day routine for the commuting public in Metro Manila, which has gladly welcomed ride-sharing services or app-based transportation... Read More

Kiarra Nastazsa Adrienne A. Cabile

May 11, 2016

In January 2016, the Senate approved Senate Bill No. 2981 (SB 2981) or the Expanded Maternity Leave Law of 2015 on its third and final reading. Under the bill, the duration of maternity leave for female employees in government service and in the private sector will be extended to one hundred (100) days, regardless of mode of delivery. Mothers around the country have lauded the bill yet some... Read More

April 26, 2016

Since last year, mainstream and social media have been constantly bombarding us with survey results from various polling entities. Even before the campaign season officially kicked off on Feb. 9th, we’ve had this idea of who among the candidates for President or Vice-President is the front-runner, at a certain period in time.   Usually, after the survey results are released, the... Read More

April 20, 2016

The use of the Internet for the promotion of goods and services, particularly social media (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to name a few), has grown in the recent years. Companies in the Philippines have resorted to this medium of advertising, as it is accessible to more Filipinos.    Internet or online advertising has helped increase the revenues of local companies, be it... Read More

April 12, 2016

Republic Act No. 10742 or the “Sangguniang Kabataan Reform Act of 2015” signed into law on 15 January 2016 is the first of its kind in the Philippines. It is a rethinking of the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) system under the Local Government Code. But it is a unique overhaul of the law in that it is the first legislation which directly concretized the 1987 Constitutional prohibition on political... Read More

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