Amicus Curiae

July 28, 2020
Amicus Curiae

The Rona Board Games, Social Distancing Hotels, and Covidiot T-Shirts: When Trademarks Go Viral

Medical diagnostic kits, legal services, computer software, stem cells, firearms, various clothing items, and beer — these are just some of the goods and services which are the subject of COVID-19-related trademark applications in different jurisdictions all over the world.

July 21, 2020
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The Gift: Perfectly Balanced, as All Things Should Be

Seemingly straight out of an episode of The Twilight Zone, the current reality does not feel real.

The Asian Development Bank estimated earlier this year that 87,000 to 252,000 jobs would be lost in the Philippines due to COVID-191; this was an understatement, to say the least.

July 14, 2020
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Complexities Arising From Easing Travel Restrictions

In an effort to combat the spread of COVID-19, countries, including the Philippines, have adopted a variety of measures in order to contain and limit the spread of the virus. One of these measures is the closure of the country’s borders to inbound and outbound travel.

July 7, 2020
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Broadcast Media and Government Regulation

Broadcasting, whether by radio or television stations, requires authorization from the government before they can operate. The pre-regulation history of radio and television stations illustrates the need for government intervention, as opposed to other industries such as print media and the Internet. The rationale for the imposition of government regulation is that the airwaves, the medium utilized by broadcast, are not susceptible to appropriation, nor can they be the object of any claim of ownership.

June 23, 2020
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Hacking In A Time of COVID-19

More than two months ago, the Philippines was placed under a nationwide lockdown. Overnight, everything became digital. The traditional classroom set-up became virtual classes, while boardroom meetings, as well as informal gatherings, shifted to video conferencing meetings. Online apps for buying and selling are also utilized, and going cashless has become the preferred mode of payment.

June 16, 2020
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Managing Employment Contracts in the Time of COVID-19

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) forced many companies to temporarily close or drastically reduce production and/or services. While restrictions are slowly being lifted, not all establishments have been allowed to operate at full capacity, if at all. Furthermore, people are still discouraged to go out and engage in non-essential activities. This, in turn, affects businesses.

Point of Law

May 31, 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.

May 25, 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.

May 3, 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.

April 19, 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.

April 5, 2018
Point of Law

Making light of perjury

Perjury is one of the vilest crimes that one can commit. With the stroke of a pen or slip of the tongue, it can ruin a man’s reputation, or worse, send him to a detention cell or prison.

March 22, 2018
Point of Law

TRAIN’s bells and alarms

Just a few days after it took effect, the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law has set off more than just a few alarms. In addition to allegations it was procedurally infirm (there is a pending case in the Supreme Court challenging it), TRAIN has been criticized as being antipoor.


July 26, 2020

On COVID 19 and Employee Dismissals in the Philippines

Labor Advisory No.1, Series of 2020, of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) prescribes that “employees who fail or refuse to work by reason of imminent danger resulting from natural or man-made calamity shall not be … subject to any administrative sanction”. This was issued on 13 January 2020 by the DOLE Secretary before the President declared a 6 month period of national public health emergency on 16 March 2020.

July 22, 2020

The International Comparative Legal Guide on Outsourcing

The 2020 International Comparative Legal Guide on Outsourcing offers a “practical cross-border insight into outsourcing law”. The chapter on the Philippines was contributed by ACCRALAW. This chapter describes the country’s regulatory framework and legal structure.

June 10, 2020

The Legal 500 Litigation Country Comparative Guide

Written in question and answer format, the Legal 500 Country Comparative Guide on Litigation provides an overview of the rules or procedure and legal processes. For the Philippines, ACCRALAW provided the answers to familiarize companies and in-house counsels with the applicable rules of procedure. The Firm’s Ramon G. Samson, George S.D. Aquino, Antonio Bonifacio C. Reynes, Angelmhina D. Lencio and Julienne Therese V. Salvacion co-authored this guide.

April 19, 2020

COVID-19 Update and Considerations

No different from other countries in the world, the Philippines continues to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. The Office of the President, Congress, and different government agencies have promulgated various issueance to guide all affected individuals, businesses and communities during this time.

November 14, 2019

A Global Roadmap to Personal Data Protection

John Paul M. Gaba, a Partner from the Firm’s Intellectual Property Department, authored the Philippine chapter of “A Global Roadmap to Personal Data Protection: Asia Pacific, Europe & USA”, published by Meritas. It is the second edition of this volume.

October 2, 2019

Publicly Listed Companies Going Private

Over the recent past, the media has been abuzz with complaints from the investing public about the price at which publicly listed companies (PLCs) that are going private are buying back their shares.

To address shareholder complaints, the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) is reportedly proposing an amendment of its delisting rules to require that the applicant PLC submit three names from which the PSE will choose the company that will perform the valuation appraisal for its shares.