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December 28, 2017

In the US, the freedom to tap the resource that we know as the Internet has been limited by its Federal Communications Commission (FCC), when it decided to repeal its “net neutrality” regulations. In a nutshell, net neutrality is “the principle that Internet service providers should enable access to all content and applications regardless of the source, and without favoring or blocking particular... Read More

December 21, 2017

Sanofi Pasteur (Sanofi), a world leader in the research, development and manufacture of human vaccines, made a breakthrough with the world’s first dengue vaccine. After over 20 years of rigorous research and development, Sanofi submitted for licensure its vaccine in 2015. Since then, it has been used in over 11 countries, both in private and public markets in Asia and Latin America. Based on... Read More

December 07, 2017

Fund managers and stock market players have a go-to advice: Invest in blue chip stocks when diversifying your portfolio to decrease risks and increase the probability of gains. Blue chips are stocks in companies that have gained a reputation for being stable, financially sound and reliable. This reputation was built, thanks to a long history of success as a company. Blue chip companies, or... Read More

December 06, 2017

The world is now waiting for the World Trade Organization’s decision on the validity of plain packaging measures on tobacco products in Australia. If found to be valid, this could have a huge impact, not only on the tobacco products, but to other consumer goods deemed dangerous to health. Plain packaging measures arise from the government’s legitimate interest and duty to protect and improve... Read More

November 24, 2017

Our Rules of Court on Evidence does not contain any provision sanctioning video testimony. Understandably so because when the Rules of Court was promulgated in 1964, the technology was not yet in place. Things have drastically changed, though. We now live in a digital world where almost everything can be done electronically or through the internet. The question posed to me is whether the court... Read More

November 22, 2017

“Bitcoin” has been the newest buzzword in the financial and legal circles in the past few years. We often hear of people generating significant amounts of money from investments in Bitcoin, and at the same time people losing money when the value of Bitcoin drops dramatically within a single day of trading. Ordinary people want to participate in the trend, but the most basic questions remain: what... Read More

November 09, 2017

Last October 25, the Asean Law Association (Ala) held its commemorative session in Malacañang Palace. President Duterte was, of course, the special guest speaker. After calling upon Ala to “become instrumental in addressing the regional scourge of poverty, transnational crimes and terrorism,” the President went extemporaneous to explain to his international audience his war against drugs.... Read More

November 08, 2017

Pursuant to Republic Act No. 10173 or the Data Privacy Act of 2012 (DPA) and in preparation for the March 8, 2018 deadline for the second phase of the registration process, the National Privacy Commission (NPC) issued NPC Advisory No. 2017-03, which prescribes guidelines for conducting a Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) for entities that deal with personal information and sensitive personal... Read More

October 19, 2017

The new president and chief executive of the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE), Ramon S. Monzon, was the guest speaker in the recent annual general membership meeting of the Shareholders’ Association of the Philippines (SharePHIL). In the course of discussing his vision for the PSE, Monzon presented data which caught the ears and eyes of members. According to Monzon, the PSE is “one of the oldest... Read More

October 19, 2017

Reputation matters. It could make or break one’s chances of availing a much needed financial life line. In the financial industry, before a credit facility is extended, it is a matter of course, that the financial position of individuals or entities, seeking to avail of such facility, are assessed. Essential to this is the gathering of a would-be borrower’s credit information, which task is now... Read More

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