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Amicus Curiae

The following articles were also published in BusinessWorld.

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

November 04, 2015

In the midst of the 2013 elections, a tarpaulin was posted within the front walls of a cathedral in Bacolod City. The tarpaulin, measuring approximately 6 feet x 10 feet, had the words “Team Patay (Dead)” with an X mark, and “Team Buhay (Alive)” with a ? mark. Certain electoral candidates were then classified to either Team Patay or Team Buhay, depending on their vote on the Reproductive Health... Read More

October 28, 2015

We are currently observing the Intellectual Property Awareness month and I thought it fitting to share my participation in the fairly recent academic conference called “The Sixth Conference on European and Asian Intellectual Property Rights: Exploring Sensible Mechanisms of Paying for Copyright,” at the Academica Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan this year.   I was privileged to participate in the... Read More

October 21, 2015

With the goal of promoting transparency and ensuring accountability among companies, businesses are enjoined under the Corporation Code to keep books and records of all their business transactions and to file annual reports and audited financial statements with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Any corporation who fails to submit these reportorial requirements runs the risk of being... Read More

October 14, 2015

The 2013 National Conference for the Revision of the Rules of Civil Procedure (Conference) reports that many of our courts handle 1,000 or more cases, hearing only about 30 to 60 cases a day. According to the Conference, however, litigation delays can be attributed not only to the sheer number of cases clogging our court dockets, but also primarily due to “our slow and cumbersome system for... Read More

October 07, 2015

Privacy is the right to be let alone. As an inherent concept of liberty, it includes our right to go about our lives unobserved, and to express or disclose information about ourselves only as we please. In today’s so-called digital information age, the concept of privacy has shifted, and the disclosure of personal information has increasingly become part of everyday life.   Whether... Read More

September 30, 2015

In an effort to encourage more banks to spin off their trust operations, thereby allowing Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) to better supervise the activities of trust entities, the Monetary Board issued BSP Circular No. 884 on July 22 concerning the guidelines on the establishment and operation of trust corporations. The new circular aims to increase the competition in the asset management... Read More

September 23, 2015

As the late Justice Isagani A. Cruz puts it, “Philippine citizenship is a gift that must be deserved to be retained. The Philippines, for all her modest resources compared to those of other states, is a jealous and possessive mother demanding total love and loyalty from her children.” Philippine citizenship has always been valued and treasured by our Supreme Court as it once described it as... Read More

September 09, 2015

In cases of termination due to just or authorized causes, the employer must comply with procedural due process. For just causes of termination of employment under Article 288 of the Labor Code, procedural due process comprises of the twin-notice rule: a notice to apprise the employee of the ground for which his dismissal is sought and a notice informing the employee of his dismissal, issued... Read More

August 26, 2015

Renewable energy offers an alternative to traditional fossil fuels (e.g., coal, natural gas, and petroleum). The trend is to shift to renewable energy, also known as “green energy” or “clean energy”. Recently, rooftops of new commercial buildings in France are required by law to be covered either with plants or solar photovoltaic panels. These “green roofs” are also popular in Germany,... Read More

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