March 20, 2019

In this digital world, mobile phones are a necessary part of our daily lives. As we become heavily dependent on these gadgets for communication and for the accomplishment of our daily task, we encounter some service issues and technical glitches, including connectivity to the internet. Sometimes, subscribers simply tolerate and continue to pay for the poor service, as they do not want the... Read More

March 13, 2019

On 20 February 2019, President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law Republic Act No. 11232, otherwise known as the Revised Corporation Code of the Philippines (the “New Code”), which may be considered as a landmark legislation updating the 38-year-old Corporation Code of the Philippines (the “Old Code”) to adjust to modern times. The New Code aims to improve ease of doing business and modernize... Read More
Raymond C. Suarez, Jr.

February 06, 2019

Indigenous peoples (IPs) and indigenous cultural communities (ICCs), though explicitly protected under the Constitution itself, sadly remain one of the most marginalized and forgotten sectors in Philippine society. Most often than not, IPs and ICCs are known for their mineral-rich ancestral lands and domains which are the usual targets for mining development projects. Not known to many, however,... Read More
Johanne Kristel Emmanuelle R. Descallar

January 30, 2019

Recently, Congress decided to strengthen the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) by passing the proposed OSG law. The Senate and the House of Representatives gave their own versions of the bill, and later came to a compromise, after the bicameral conference committee approved the reconciled versions of the bills, incorporating the following salient points of the proposed new OSG Law. Primarily... Read More

January 24, 2019

The Philippines is known for the growing industry of business process outsourcing entities. The Philippine Chapter of Chambers Global Practice Guide on Outsourcing is a useful tool in understanding local regulations. Emerico O. De Guzman, Neptali B. Salvanera, Erwin V. Filio and Paulo N. Rabanal co-authored this chapter.

January 24, 2019

Emerico O. De Guzman, Clarence Darrow C. Valdecantos, Joy Anne C. Leong-Pambid and Gilyen Ezra Marie L. Li contributed the Philippine chapter on Employment for the 2019 edition of the Chambers Global Practice Guide on Employment. Mr. De Guzman is the Firm's Managing Partner and formerly Head of the Labor and Employment Practice Group, which is currently headed by Mr. Valdecantos.

January 24, 2019

Throughout 2018, the Firm's lawyers contributed to Asia-Mena Counsel's initiatives to updates its members on the evolving laws in different jurisdictions. These articles covered significant changes in the fields of criminal litigation, administrative law and tax. Jessa G. Wong-Cantano wrote on the revised guidelines for continuous trial in criminal cases; Noel Christian O. Luciano gave a briefer... Read More

January 09, 2019

In the Philippines, employees are subject to normal working hours of not exceeding 8 hours a day, for 6 days per week. It seems that our laws made it this way to provide employees ample time for rest and recreation after a hard day’s work.   However, with the ever-changing dynamics in the workplace and the growing trend towards aspiring for a more significant work-life balance, it... Read More