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 10, 2016

The common understanding is that the 60/40 percent nationality restriction on ownership by corporations of private land is constitutional  in nature. But is it really constitutional that an amendment to the Constitution is needed to lift or liberalize the restriction?  Or can it be done through an act of Congress? As background, the 1987 Constitution provides that “[s]ave  in... 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