Month: September 2021

Effects on the Ground by Expanded Court Jurisdiction in Civil Cases

On 30 July 2021, President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law Republic Act No. 11576, which expanded the jurisdiction of the Metropolitan Trial Courts, Municipal Trial Courts, and Municipal Circuit Trial Courts (“first level courts”). This also effectively increased the jurisdictional value under the Regional Trial Courts (“second level courts”) for civil actions involving title to, or possession of, real property, or any interest therein.

Eric Recalde’s Talk on the PEACe Bonds

Last 21 September 2021, Partner Eric R. Recalde lectured on “The Legacy of PEACe Bonds.” He highlighted the terms of their issuance, the incidents leading to the dispute, and the impact of the Supreme Court decision not only in banking and financial transactions but also on the remedies of questioning tax issuances.

Changing Measures: The Dawn of a New Age

No person shall be deprived of his life, liberty, or property without due process of law. This was guaranteed by no less than the Constitution – our fundamental law, in its mission to find a striking balance between the immense powers of the State on one hand, and an individual’s right to being on the other. Necessarily, and rightfully so, due process has been defined as the “sporting idea of fair play” considering as it does limit official acts within the bounds of reason.

More Than a Year Into the Pandemic: New Employment Rules and Procedures for Foreign Nationals Coming into the Philippines

The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly changed the way we live, particularly in relation to travel and mobility. In an attempt to curb the spread of the constantly evolving variants of the COVID-19 disease, the Philippines is among the countries that continue to close its borders to foreign travelers coming in for purposes of tourism.