July 29, 2014

WAG THE DOG, as many readers will remember, is the iconic 1997 film starring Robert de Niro and Dustin Hoffman, satirizing government and public media relations. In the film, a media relations expert and political operator was engaged by a government official to divert attention from one scandal by inventing another one. It is a dark comedy that not only entertained but perhaps brought to light,... Read More

July 23, 2014

THE CONDUCT OF administrative investigations on erring employees in the workplace may have been changed by the enactment of two laws: The Electronic Commerce Act or the e-commerce law (Republic Act 8792) and the Data Privacy Act (Republic Act 10173). Before, the law only contemplated hard copy as evidence. But the passage of the E-commerce Act somewhat changed the legal landscape when it... Read More

July 16, 2014

IT IS WELL-KNOWN that unscrupulous individuals continuously prey on hapless and misinformed foreigners for the processing of their various visa concerns. Fortunately, to curb illegal activities, the Bureau of Immigration implemented an accreditation system intended to screen legitimate processors from unsavory ones. Therefore, as a general rule, only accredited representatives are authorized to... Read More

July 10, 2014

On December 17, the Department of Finance (DOF) and Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) issued Revenue Regulation No. 1-2014 which took effect last Jan. 1. RR 1-2014  is supposed to simply amend a 15-year-old regulation (RR 2-98). So why is there a  brouhaha over its issuance? The regulation requires withholding agents to submit an alphabetical list (alphalist) of all employees/payees... Read More

July 01, 2014

AN INTOXICATED and overspeeding Fred Flintstone, arrested after crashing his Flintmobile while under the influence of alcohol, has a strong defense if prosecuted under the Land Transportation and Traffic Code or even the newly minted Anti-Drunk and Drugged Driving Act. A foot-powered method of land locomotion is not covered by these two laws, which define “motor vehicle” as any vehicle propelled... Read More