Publications

July 17, 2019

Amending the Public Service Law: Distinguishing Public Utilities from Public Services

Jacquelyn Ann Marie G. Anzures
Senate Bill No. 1441 seeks to amend the Public Service Act to differentiate a “public service” from a “public...
July 16, 2019

Promoting Corporate Governance Under the Revised Corporation Code

Teresita J. Herbosa
It had been almost 40 years since the old Corporation Code was enacted thus it became inevitable and imperative...
July 10, 2019

Being in the Internet Spotlight and Intellectual Property Rights

Josemaria Carlo F. Magsino
For quite a number of us, a significant chunk of the things we learn comes from the internet. The...
June 26, 2019

The MOU Between PHL and China and a Timely Revisit of the La Bugal Case

Fritz Micah A. Diumano
On Nov. 20, 2018, the Philippines and China entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Cooperation on Oil...
June 19, 2019

One Signature Away: What You Need to Know About Senate Bill No. 1826

Angelo J. Logronio
Just last year, much controversy arose upon the emergence of Senate Bill No. 1826 (SB 1826), or the bill...
June 18, 2019

The Philippine Competition Commission Bares Its Teeth

Competition law is a growing field of practice in the Philippines. Francisco Ed. Lim, Eric R. Recalde, Korina Ana...
June 11, 2019

Chambers Global Practice Guide: Patent Litigation 2019

Intellectual property law is a specialized field of practice. The Firm’s Intellectual Property Department is well-versed with developments in...
June 11, 2019

Asian-Mena Counsel – Philippines Jurisdiction Updates 2019

Renz J. Pagayanan and Agustin P. Geraldez are lawyers from the Firm’s Corporate and Special Projects Department. They contributed...
June 5, 2019

Implementing the Expanded Maternity Leave Law

Rhett D. Gaerlan
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), together with the Social Security System (SSS) and the Civil Service Commission...
June 1, 2019

Chambers Global Practice Guide: Trade Marks 2019

Our Firm’s Intellectual Property Department contributed the Philippine Chapter on Trade Marks. Chambers Global Practice Guide on Trade Marks...
May 29, 2019

Revisiting Important Concepts in Arbitration

John Frederick E. Derije
Alternative dispute resolution methods or ADRs, i.e., arbitration, mediation, conciliation among others, “are encouraged by the Supreme Court, since...
May 22, 2019

That’s my move! Are motion marks eligible for trademark protection?

Joan Janneth M. Estremadura
“Moonwalk” is a dance move popularized by the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. It is his signature dance move...
May 15, 2019

Developments in the Philippine Competition Commission’s enforcement activities

Korina Ana T. Manibog
Early this year, the Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) Enforcement Office launched a leniency/whistleblower program offering immunity from suit and...
March 20, 2019

Keeping Your Mobile Number for a Lifetime

Marie Chielo H. Ybio
In this digital world, mobile phones are a necessary part of our daily lives. As we become heavily dependent...
March 13, 2019

A Peek into the Revised Corporation Code of the Philippines

Renz J. Pagayanan
On 20 February 2019, President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law Republic Act No. 11232, otherwise known as the Revised...
February 28, 2019

The Struggle with Premature Campaigns

Emiko Antonette T. Escovilla
One who has experienced an election or two will probably be familiar with the term “premature campaigning,” and what...
February 13, 2019

Who is the ‘Real’ Owner?

Mara Kristina O. Recto
In an effort to increase transparency in the beneficial ownership and control of domestic corporations — and to prevent...
February 6, 2019

Protecting Indigenous Knowledge in Intellectual Property Rights

Raymond C. Suarez, Jr.
Indigenous peoples (IPs) and indigenous cultural communities (ICCs), though explicitly protected under the Constitution itself, sadly remain one of...
January 30, 2019

Streamlining the OSG While Sparing the PCGG and OGCC from Dissolution

Johanne Kristel Emmanuelle R. Descallar
Recently, Congress decided to strengthen the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) by passing the proposed OSG law.
January 9, 2019

Telecommuting as an Alternative Work Arrangement

Angelo J. Logronio
In the Philippines, employees are subject to normal working hours of not exceeding 8 hours a day, for 6...
December 15, 2018

Chambers Global Practice Guide: Outsourcing 2019

The Philippines is known for the growing industry of business process outsourcing entities. The Philippine Chapter of Chambers...
December 12, 2018

Asian-Mena Counsel – Philippines Jurisdiction Updates 2018-2019

Throughout 2018, the Firm’s lawyers contributed to Asia-Mena Counsel’s initiatives to updates its members on the evolving laws in...
November 19, 2018

Chambers Global Practice Guide: Employment 2019

Emerico O. De Guzman, Clarence Darrow C. Valdecantos, Joy Anne C. Leong-Pambid and Gilyen Ezra Marie L. Li contributed...
October 26, 2018

Cybersecurity 2019

Leland R. Villadolid Jr. and Arianne T. Ferrer authored the Philippine chapter on Cybersecurity. The chapter identifies and defines...
October 24, 2018

The Mental Health Act: A Boon to Filipinos

Genie Celini D. Nuevo
With the alarming increase of mental health illnesses today, with more than 300 million people suffering from depression alone...
October 18, 2018

Continuing Compliance Requirements for the Data Privacy Act of 2012

Noelle Jenina Francesca E. Buan
Entities and individuals covered by Republic Act No. 10173, otherwise known as the Data Privacy Act of 2012 (“DPA”)...
October 3, 2018

Business-minded or business-hindered?

Maria Mykeana C. Naval
“A lot of people have ideas, but there are few who decide to do something about them now. Not...
September 26, 2018

D.O. 195-18: An additional ground for wage deduction and its legal implications

Karenina Isabel A. Lampa
On 27 July 2018, the Honorable Secretary of Labor and Employment Silvestre H. Bello signed Department Order No. 195,...
September 20, 2018

The Philippines in the Apostille Convention

Jemy Gatdula
September 5, 2018

The TRABAHO Bill:Recurring dilemmas

Emiko Antonette T. Escovilla
WHILE few of us were watching, the House Committee on Ways and Means approved on Aug. 7 the substitute...
August 29, 2018

Video Games and Intellectual Property

Raymond C. Sanchez, Jr.
LAST Aug. 26, 2018, the international gaming community watched intently as two of the world’s best DOTA2 teams went...
August 9, 2018

Is ‘tambay’ a crime?

Roslyn Bianca R. Mangaser
“I dle, shiftless and worthless man who made no attempt to follow any legal calling, and whose habits of...
August 2, 2018

Increase in minimum public float for better corporate governance

Ann Catherine L. Co
Corporate governance is a system of rules and policies by which a company is directed and controlled. It influences...
July 19, 2018

The PCC’s draft joint venture guidelines

Mara Kristina O. Recto
Just recently, the Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) published the draft Joint Venture Guidelines (Draft Guidelines) aimed to help businesses...
July 10, 2018

Deriving value from E-Learning platforms

Joan Janneth M. Estremadura
Business is an ever-changing landscape. It finds ways to create assets, improve what has been already done, and maximize...
July 4, 2018

The ease of doing business act cuts red tape further

Noel Christian O. Luciano
Bureaucracy teaches us two things: to wait and to execute everything in triplicate.
June 27, 2018

The right to be notified of data breach incidents

Giancarlo O. Largo
Consumer personal data has played an increasingly pivotal role in many markets and economies.
May 31, 2018

Portrait of a statesman

Francisco Ed. Lim
On May 13, 2018, the nation mourned the loss of one of the greatest statesmen to have served the...
May 30, 2018

Electronic documents/data are covered by subpoena powers of the Philippine Competition Commission

John Frederick E. Derije
One of the policy declarations of the Philippine Competition Act (Republic Act No. 10667, or the PCA) is to...
May 25, 2018

Legal robots

Francisco Ed. Lim
In the past, it was thought that only simple jobs could be replaced by technology. However, with the onset...
May 25, 2018

How to maintain a trademark registration

Kurt Glen T. Yeung
To maintain a trademark registration with the Philippine Intellectual Property Office (IPOPHL), the registrant must use the mark in...
May 17, 2018

In funds we trust

Norlegen L. Bayona
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), recognizing the financial sophistication of trust funds, released on April 20, the proposed...
May 9, 2018

Much EndO About Nothing

Neptali B. Salvanera
German-American socialist editor and author, Oscar Ameringer, once said: “Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the...
May 3, 2018

Right to travel

Francisco Ed. Lim
After years of uncertainty, the Supreme Court (SC) finally laid to rest whether the Department of Justice, through its...
May 2, 2018

Displaced Personnel’: a labor consequence of the K to 12

Shenna Jane T. Parado
Almost four (4) years have lapsed since the Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013, or Republic Act 10533 (RA...
April 19, 2018

Whatever happened to ‘My Husband’s Lover’ bill?

Francisco Ed. Lim
With the recent progress of House Bills 6027 and 6595, more popularly known as the divorce bill and same-sex...
April 18, 2018

The TRAIN in the eyes of the DoF and BIR

Eric R. Recalde
The law cannot just be gauged on the basis of its provision. One should consider how its administrator views...
April 13, 2018

Data privacy update: The Annual Security Incident Report

Maria Isabel M. Llave
he National Privacy Commission (NPC) recently extended the deadline to submit the Annual Security Incident Report for all security...
April 5, 2018

Making light of perjury

Francisco Ed. Lim
Perjury is one of the vilest crimes that one can commit. With the stroke of a pen or slip...
April 4, 2018

It’s the time of the year to think about tax

Eric R. Recalde
As the deadline for filing our annual income tax return (ITR) is fast approaching, it is fitting to remind...
March 28, 2018

Build, Build, Build, and the Swiss Challenge Method

Juan Paolo G. Alfonso
Under the Build, Build, Build program, the government intends to spend $158 billion over the next five years in...
March 22, 2018

TRAIN’s bells and alarms

Francisco Ed. Lim
Just a few days after it took effect, the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law has set...
March 13, 2018

DoLE Initiative in curbing the perils of a sedentary life

Gilyen Ezra Marie L. Li
On Oct. 18, 2017, the Secretary of the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) Silvestre H. Bello III issued...
March 8, 2018

Beware of the short-swing profits rule!

Francisco Ed. Lim
In broad strokes, the short-swing profits rule provides that any profit realized by insiders of an issuer from the...
March 7, 2018

Overtaxed corporations?

Christianne Mae C. Balili
In today’s business community, corporations abound and are still growing in number. In many cases, entrepreneurs opt to conduct...
February 28, 2018

Financial institutions towards cyber resilience

Anne Caroline C. Bugayong
Businesses have continued to rely heavily on the use of Information Technology (IT) for efficient delivery of products and...
February 22, 2018

Saving our slice of paradise

Francisco Ed. Lim
Early this month, President Duterte laid down the law, so to speak, and threatened to shut down the entire...
February 20, 2018

The Presidential veto in the passage of a law

Madelene Ruth F. Salazar
Constitutions are the fundamental law of every nation. They put in place basic tenets and forms of government to...
February 13, 2018

Look on House Bill 6779: Coverage and Limitations

Jennidy S. Tambor
On Jan. 29, House Bill 6779 or “An Act Recognizing the Civil Effects of Church Annulment Decrees” was approved...
February 8, 2018

Cryptocurrency as security

Francisco Ed. Lim
In a recent order, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) directed four of businessman Joseph Calata’s companies to cease...
February 7, 2018

New IPO Guidelines for patent examination

Danielle S. Cadiz
In line with its goal to deliver timely and quality patents, utility models and industrial designs, the Intellectual Property...
January 31, 2018

Proposed rules and regulations on crowdfunding

Leia Clarissa Veronica R. Veracruz
Crowdfunding (CF) platforms have proven to be a popular way to solicit charitable donations and to raise funds for...
January 24, 2018

The Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) and Renewable Energy Market (RE Market)

Aileen Charisse P. Cruz
The implementation of the Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) is an important development for the Renewable Energy (RE) Market, and...
January 18, 2018

Bitcoin too good to be true?

Francisco Ed. Lim
As of this writing, one bitcoin is already equivalent to $10,338. Late last year, it reached an all-time high...
January 17, 2018

Immortality of gift checks

Jefferson L. Gomez
During the last Holiday Season, it was not unusual for companies, firms and even individuals to give gift checks,...
January 10, 2018

Changes under DoLE’s revised rules on inspections

Aylene Marie C. Sarmiento
Consistent with the efforts of the Duterte administration to stop endo and promote regulation, the Department of Labor and...