Amicus Curiae

The following articles were also published in BusinessWorld.

December 06, 2017

The world is now waiting for the World Trade Organization’s decision on the validity of plain packaging measures on tobacco products in Australia. If found to be valid, this could have a huge impact, not only on the tobacco products, but to other consumer goods deemed dangerous to health. Plain packaging measures arise from the government’s legitimate interest and duty to protect and improve... Read More

November 22, 2017

“Bitcoin” has been the newest buzzword in the financial and legal circles in the past few years. We often hear of people generating significant amounts of money from investments in Bitcoin, and at the same time people losing money when the value of Bitcoin drops dramatically within a single day of trading. Ordinary people want to participate in the trend, but the most basic questions remain: what... Read More

November 08, 2017

Pursuant to Republic Act No. 10173 or the Data Privacy Act of 2012 (DPA) and in preparation for the March 8, 2018 deadline for the second phase of the registration process, the National Privacy Commission (NPC) issued NPC Advisory No. 2017-03, which prescribes guidelines for conducting a Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) for entities that deal with personal information and sensitive personal... Read More

October 19, 2017

Reputation matters. It could make or break one’s chances of availing a much needed financial life line. In the financial industry, before a credit facility is extended, it is a matter of course, that the financial position of individuals or entities, seeking to avail of such facility, are assessed. Essential to this is the gathering of a would-be borrower’s credit information, which task is now... Read More

October 11, 2017

The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) recently promulgated its Rules of Procedure (Rules) in its investigation and prosecution of “anti-competitive agreements” and “anti-competitive conduct.” This marks another milestone for the PCC, the agency given original and exclusive jurisdiction to enforce and implement the provisions of the Philippine Competition Act (PCA). The promulgation of the... Read More

October 06, 2017

That title is one of the lines in the hit Broadway musical, Hamilton. It tells the story of the young, scrappy, and hungry United States of America when it was just gaining its independence from England. It explores the crossroads when 13 colonies eventually coalesced into one nation bound under a federal form of government.   The Philippines is at a similar crossroads... Read More

September 27, 2017

A woman uses her computer next to a hotel window in Makati in this photo taken on March 13, 2012. -- BW FILE PHOTO   According to the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap (GGG) Report conducted in 2016, the Philippines is the most gender-equal country in the Asia-Pacific region having closed nearly 79% of its gender gap. The GGG Index ranks 144 countries on... Read More

September 21, 2017

The Philippine Competition Act (PCA) prohibits merger or acquisition agreements that substantially prevent, restrict or lessen competition in the relevant market.   Thus, defining a relevant market is a critical step in merger analysis.   Defining the relevant market serves as a basis to identify the competitors in the market, the merging companies’ individual... Read More

September 14, 2017

On Aug. 25, the secretary of the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) Silvestre H. Bello III issued Department Order 178-17 Series of 2017 entitled “Safety and Health Measures for Workers Who by the Nature of their Work Have to Stand at Work.”   DO 178-17 was issued in accordance with the power of the secretary of Labor and Employment to promulgate standards to ensure the... Read More

September 06, 2017

Republic Act No. 10173, or the Data Privacy Act of 2012 (DPA) was enacted in 2012 to regulate the processing of personal data by any natural and juridical person in the government or private sector. These data include personal information, sensitive personal information, and privileged information.   Under the law, personal information controllers and personal information... Read More