July 10, 2018

Business is an ever-changing landscape. It finds ways to create assets, improve what has been already done, and maximize utility at the least possible cost. What organizations often disregard is the value of knowledge and training — the value of creating an avenue for delivering knowledge to the workforce. Even the “delivery” of such knowledge and training has to find a way to transcend the... Read More

July 04, 2018

Bureaucracy teaches us two things: to wait and to execute everything in triplicate. “Red tape” has since evolved from the practice of Charles V, King of Spain and Holy Roman Emperor, of using red ribbon to identify important state documents. Now, it describes a system of regulations and official actions which restrict or deny access to swift and quality government services. The problem of red... Read More

June 27, 2018

Consumer personal data has played an increasingly pivotal role in many markets and economies. Companies like Grab and Air BnB have grown their respective businesses not by acquiring tangible properties but by banking on information given to them by their clienteles. This palpable importance of consumer data has given credence to the prevalent belief that information is now the modern currency in... Read More

May 31, 2018

On May 13, 2018, the nation mourned the loss of one of the greatest statesmen to have served the country: Sen. Edgardo J. Angara. Angara, fondly known as “Ed,” “Edong,” “SEJA,” PEJA or “EJA,” lived a full and robust life. In his long career, he has been credited as an educator, lawyer, legislator, leader and reformer. In the private sector, EJA, together with his friends Manuel G. Abello,... Read More

May 30, 2018

One of the policy declarations of the Philippine Competition Act (Republic Act No. 10667, or the PCA) is to “[p]enalize all forms of anti-competitive agreements, abuse of dominant position and anti-competitive mergers and acquisitions, with the objective of protecting consumer welfare and advancing domestic and international trade and economic development [Section 2(c)]. Chapter III of the PCA... Read More

May 25, 2018

In the past, it was thought that only simple jobs could be replaced by technology. However, with the onset of artificial intelligence (AI), even work which requires legal analysis is about to face stiff competition. This is  true for the legal profession whose customer base has attracted tech giants to invest in the field. And with tech companies specializing in information storage and... Read More

May 25, 2018

To maintain a trademark registration with the Philippine Intellectual Property Office (IPOPHL), the registrant must use the mark in commerce and submit a Declaration of Actual Use. This is an affidavit that details information on the registered trademark and the goods and services it covers; the actual goods and services on which the mark is used; and where these goods and services can be bought... Read More

May 17, 2018

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), recognizing the financial sophistication of trust funds, released on April 20, the proposed rules and regulations on determining whether a trust fund is a qualified buyer (Proposed Rules). To put things into context, under the Securities Regulation Code (SRC), any sale of securities to a qualified buyer is an exempt transaction, i.e., the sale or... Read More

May 09, 2018

German-American socialist editor and author, Oscar Ameringer, once said: “Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other.” This is, indeed, a tough balancing act if at all possible. President Rodrigo R. Duterte found this to be so, at least with respect to the issue of “contractualization.” During the 2016... Read More

May 03, 2018

After years of uncertainty, the Supreme Court (SC) finally laid to rest whether the Department of Justice, through its chief, may issue hold departure orders (HDOs) and watchlist orders (“WLOs”) to prevent people under investigation from leaving the country. There were several DOJ circulars (i.e., DOJ Circular No. 17 dated March 1998 and DOJ Circular No. 18 dated April 23, 2007) that gave this... Read More