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Amicus Curiae

The following articles were also published in BusinessWorld.

March 29, 2016

Last December 2015, the Supreme Court issued a decision in a case involving genetically modified plants, i.e., the Bt Talong case (G.R. No. 209271, 209276, 209301, & 209430, 08 December 2015). The Bt Talong case involved a genetically modified eggplant where the crystal toxin genes from the soil bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) were incorporated into the eggplant genome to produce the... Read More

Jose Mari H. Roco

March 22, 2016

Nowadays, finding a job is hard for an ordinary Filipino. It is even harder to find one that is enough to support oneself and one’s family. As a result, a considerable number of the Filipino population flock to other countries to find greener pastures. In pursuit of this, many Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) risk life and limb doing manual labor may it be in land or at sea. They endure so many... Read More

March 08, 2016

The Retail Trade Liberalization Act of 2000 restricts foreign equity participation in retail trade businesses. Its purpose is to protect local business owners while promoting productive foreign investment. There are several regulations under this law on foreign ownership of retail trade business that must be complied with, thereby limiting investor’s prerogative in structuring and imposing higher... Read More

March 01, 2016

For the entrepreneur who wishes to venture into a business on his own, our current laws offer him limited options in terms of business structures he can pursue. A sole proprietorship ensures that the business is in his name alone, but exposes the entrepreneur to greater financial risk since he would be personally liable for the debts of his business. Establishing a corporation would mitigate this... Read More

February 10, 2016

Running a tight ship: Better risk management for bank outsourcing The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) issued Circular No. 899, series of 2016, dated 18 January 2016 (“Circular No. 899”), containing amendments to the guidelines on outsourcing, as provided in the Manual of Regulations for Banks (MORB) and Manual of Regulations for Non-Bank Financial Institutions. Outsourcing is a huge and yet... Read More

January 20, 2016

Children are normally asked what they want to be when they grow up. Most would probably readily answer with a profession -- a lawyer, a doctor, an accountant -- or with a high-paying position of employment, preferably in a multinational or fairly large domestic company. Not too many, I submit, will reply that he or she wants to be an entrepreneur. This fact of young life is recognized by law.... Read More

January 13, 2016

The National Internal Revenue Code of 1997 (“Tax Code”) provides a myriad of remedies -- either civil or judicial, which the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) can choose from to collect taxes from taxpayers. Among these civil remedies is a tax lien on all the taxpayer’s properties, which is automatically created, by operation of law, in favor of the State, from the time the tax becomes due and... Read More

December 23, 2015

As Filipinos become more technologically-savvy, local entrepreneurs find themselves using the Internet to market and boost the sale of products. Since Christmas is fast approaching, more and more people sell products online, taking advantage of the hype and success of social media platforms like Facebook. All of a sudden, our Facebook newsfeed is flooded with numerous choices of goods, such as... Read More

December 02, 2015

At the wake of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit, which the Philippines hosted this year, social media and the news were abuzz with the plight of a prominent lawyer and his family, who were stranded in a foreign country due to their inbound flight to Manila being canceled as Manila was declared as a no-fly zone. In the lawyer’s statement posted on his social media account, the... Read More

November 25, 2015

As most of us are aware, Philippine labor laws are tilted heavily in favor of labor. In fact, the Labor Code itself expressly provides that all doubts in the interpretation and implementation of labor laws shall be resolved in favor of labor. With the issuance of Department Order (DO) 147-15, the battle just became harder for management. As every human resources practitioner knows,... Read More

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