September 14, 2017

On Aug. 25, the secretary of the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) Silvestre H. Bello III issued Department Order 178-17 Series of 2017 entitled “Safety and Health Measures for Workers Who by the Nature of their Work Have to Stand at Work.”   DO 178-17 was issued in accordance with the power of the secretary of Labor and Employment to promulgate standards to ensure the... Read More

September 07, 2017

Through the years, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) has earned for itself a bad reputation. Many times, it has topped the Social Weather Stations (SWS) surveys either as the most corrupt government agency or the least sincere in fighting corruption. Indeed, a perusal of broadsheet headlines in the last few years would readily reveal that the agency has been embroiled in many scandals: Rice smuggling... Read More

September 06, 2017

Republic Act No. 10173, or the Data Privacy Act of 2012 (DPA) was enacted in 2012 to regulate the processing of personal data by any natural and juridical person in the government or private sector. These data include personal information, sensitive personal information, and privileged information.   Under the law, personal information controllers and personal information... Read More

August 29, 2017

“The department store is online now.” – Warren Buffett on the transformation of retail as we know it. The Internet has revolutionized the way of doing business. It has expanded the reach of businesses beyond territorial jurisdictions and created a seemingly borderless world. The mode by which commercial transactions are conducted has drastically changed - allowing businesses and individuals all... Read More

August 24, 2017

Marital or spousal privilege is a term used in the law of evidence to describe two separate privileges: testimonial privilege and communication privilege. In the Philippines, testimonial privilege is enshrined in Section 22 of Rule 130 (Rules of Court), which provides that “[d]uring their marriage, neither the husband nor the wife may testify for or against the other without the consent of the... Read More

August 16, 2017

More than just a recital of “I do’s” and promises of a lifetime, marriage is an assumption of legal obligations with far-reaching implications. Consistent with the high regard of Philippine culture to parental roles and responsibilities in values formation and character-building of individuals, no less than the 1987 Philippine Constitution considers marriage an “inviolable social institution”... Read More

August 10, 2017

The affable lefty golfer Phil Mickelson is a risk taker in golf. Avid golfers can recall Mickelson’s drive on the 13th hole at Augusta National in the final round of the 2010 Masters that settled on pine straw. Mickelson fired a 6-iron between two trees and the ball landed on the green, setting up a birdie that gave him his third green jacket. Mickelson’s risk-taking did not end in golf. He... Read More

July 27, 2017

President Duterte’s ambitious infrastructure plan, dubbed the “Build, Build, Build” program, has attracted significant interest from investors. Sometimes, we even see known competitors joining forces to build a project. An example is the LRT-1 Cavite Extension Project, which is being constructed by a consortium composed of Metro Pacific Light Railway Corp. led by the group of Manuel V.... Read More

July 26, 2017

With the Supreme Court’s recent pronouncement in Philippine Daily Inquirer, Inc. (PDI), there is a need to reexamine the earlier case of Next Mobile, Inc. (Next Mobile) which laid down the exception to the rule on the execution of waivers of the reglementary period when the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) may still issue an assessment. Earlier this year, the Supreme Court decided the... Read More
Jennidy S. Tambor

July 20, 2017

We can agree that the present administration’s first year in office is nothing but eventful. From the internationally controversial Duterte’s war against drugs to the more recent declaration of martial law in Mindanao on May 23. But amidst all these, it’s business as usual.  Business owners continue to strive for gain or profit. They continue to invest, and in the process incur... Read More