Publications

Amicus Curae

29 June 2022 Amicus Curiae

Mutuality of contracts and higher interest rates

The Supreme Court has historically used the principle of mutuality of contracts as lens to scrutinize interest-imposing clauses.
14 June 2022 Amicus Curiae

The truth defense in defamation

Just the other week, a jury awarded Johnny Depp $15 million in damages in a defamation lawsuit he brought against ex-wife Amber Heard for claiming in a 2018 Washington Post op-ed that she was a “public figure representing domestic abuse.”
1 June 2022 2020

Protecting financial consumers against fraud

The Philippines has had its fair share of financial fraud scandals. Only recently, in December 2021, one of the largest banks in the Philippines was hit by a cyber fraud attack by hackers who illegally transferred funds from the accounts of more than 700 of its clients.
25 May 2022 Amicus Curiae

Facilitated Naturalization of Refugees and Stateless Persons

War, violence, and insecurity in many areas of the world have forced multitudes of people to flee from their homes.

Points of Law

31 May 2018 Point of Law

Portrait of a statesman

On May 13, 2018, the nation mourned the loss of one of the greatest statesmen to have served the country: Sen. Edgardo J. Angara.
25 May 2018 Point of Law

Legal robots

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.
3 May 2018 Point of Law

Right to travel

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.
19 April 2018 Point of Law

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

With the recent progress of House Bills 6027 and 6595, more popularly known as the divorce bill and same-sex marriage bill, respectively, proponents say the Philippines is set to finally join the ranks of countries that have modernized their laws on marriage and family relations.

Others

8 July 2021 Others

The Legal 500’s 2021 Country Comparative Guide for Litigation

ACCRALAW contributed to the Legal 500’s 2021 Country Comparative Guide for Litigation. The Guide provided an overview of the rules of procedure governing commercial litigation in the Philippines, the enforcement of foreign judgments, collective redress mechanisms, and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on commercial litigation.
3 May 2021 Others

The Legal 500 Comparative Guide on Public Procurement

Written in question and answer format, the Legal 500 Country Comparative Guide on Public Procurement provides an overview of public procurement procedures in various jurisdictions worldwide. The Firm’s Melissa G. Velarde, Maria Angeline L. Tayag, Michael Ryan Natividad, and Zyra Frances P. Aquilizan co-authored the Philippine chapter of the Guide.
6 April 2021 Others

APAC at a Glance: COVID-Related Restrictions

ACCRALAW contributed the responses for the Philippines to Littler’s quick guide on the applicable COVID-19 restrictions in the Asia-Pacific region. Its guide is entitled “Littler’s APAC At a Glance: COVID-Related Restrictions”. The summary aims to “provide multinational employers with a quick reference of new COVID-related developments.”
5 April 2021 Others

The Legal 500’s Lending & Secured Finance Guide

ACCRALAW contributed the Philippine chapter of Lending & Secured Finance published by The Legal 500. The guide aims to provide foreign lenders a concise summary of the important laws and regulations in different jurisdictions. Senior Partner Judy Hao, Partners Chrysilla Carissa P. Bautista and Eric R. Recalde wrote the chapter.