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 15, 2015

To the chagrin of creditors, one of the most abused legal remedies these days is the remedy of rehabilitation under the Financial Rehabilitation and Insolvency Act (FRIA) and the Financial Rehabilitation Rules of Procedure (FR Rules). More often than not, whenever business entities find difficulties in paying their lawfully contracted debts, they threaten their creditors with, and eventually... 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

October 02, 2015

One of the changes introduced during the bicameral conference committee meetings on the Philippine Competition Act (PCA) is the single economic entity concept or doctrine under Section 14 of the new law. Section 14 has three subsections. Sections 14(a) and (b) prohibit anti-competitive agreements “between or among competitors.” Section 14(c) prohibits “[a]greements other than those specified... Read More