Amicus Curiae

The following articles were also published in BusinessWorld.

August 17, 2016

One of the legislative priorities of the Duterte administration is the amendment of the Juvenile Justice & Welfare Act or RA No. 9344 by lowering of the age of criminal responsibility. Significantly, House Bill No. 2 or the Minimum Age of Criminal Responsibility Act, which seeks to revert the minimum age of criminal responsibility from fifteen (15) years of age to nine (9) years of age,... Read More

August 10, 2016

  For the first time in presidential campaign history, contracting became a mainstream issue with all five presidential candidates vowing to eradicate contractualization. However, back then, the candidates never discussed their plans as to how they would do away with contractualization, and whether they intend to do away with contracting and subcontracting (“outsourcing”) under... Read More

August 03, 2016

Retirement planning can be a tedious process.   It requires serious contemplation, having in mind the end goal of living comfortably during one’s twilight years. To do that, several factors are considered, most important of all where to put one’s savings where it might give the best rate of return. The State, on its part, assists in reaching this goal by providing for... Read More

July 27, 2016

It may surprise you to know tax assessments worth millions have been issued by the BIR simply because taxpayers failed to properly invoice discounts. Even now, many big companies underestimate and neglect the importance of good invoicing. Businessmen and accounting officers still tend to overlook the value of properly filling out such a small piece of paper, which could later on make or break... Read More

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