Publications

Amicus Curiae

July 31, 2019
Amicus Curiae

The POGO Problem: Harmonizing Immigration, Gaming, and Gambling

It is highly illegal to gamble in China save for a few state-run lotteries. To avoid this prohibition, gambling companies operate offshore so that they may continue catering to Chinese nationals who play casino and e-games online

July 24, 2019
Amicus Curiae

What Makes A Contract Valid?

I have conducted a few lectures on Obligations and Contracts, in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry, to businesspeople with startups. I noticed that one of the most common misconceptions is that “contracts must always be in writing, otherwise there is no contract to speak of.”

July 23, 2019
Amicus Curiae

Promoting Corporate Governance under the Revised Corporation Code — 2

Second of three parts–Under Sec 13, there is no more minimum number of directors or trustees. This has given rise to a frequently asked question — Does this removal now allow one-director boards for corporations other than one person corporations? And, is a one-trustee board likewise possible in a non-stock corporation?

July 17, 2019
Amicus Curiae

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

Senate Bill No. 1441 seeks to amend the Public Service Act to differentiate a “public service” from a “public utility,” thereby lifting the nationality restriction on the areas of power generation and supply, transportation, broadcasting, and telecommunication, among others.

July 16, 2019
Amicus Curiae

Promoting Corporate Governance Under the Revised Corporation Code

This is an abridged version of the talk I recently gave to the MAP Corporate Governance Committee officers and members on the Revised Corporation Code which was enacted into law on Feb. 20, 2019.

July 10, 2019
Amicus Curiae

Being in the Internet Spotlight and Intellectual Property Rights

For quite a number of us, a significant chunk of the things we learn comes from the internet. The internet will likely have information that will satisfy an individual’s intellectual desires. A popular source of information are online video blogs or vlogs.

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.

Others

June 18, 2019
Others

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 T. Manibog contributed an article to Asian Mena Counsel’s publication providing updates to lawyers in the Philippines and foreign jurisdictions.

June 11, 2019
Others

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 this field. The Firm’s Victor Basilio N. De Leon, Richmond K. Lee, Jose Eduardo T. Genilo, and Joan Janneth M. Estremadura co-authored the Philippine Chapter on Patent Litigation which is one of the different guides published by Chambers Global.

June 11, 2019
Others

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 articles to the Asian-Mena Counsel’s publication on updates in Philippine laws.

June 1, 2019
Others

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 provides a useful overview on applicable Philippine laws. John Paul M. Gaba, Richmond K. Lee, Jose Eduardo T. Genilo and Maria Isabel M. Llave co-authored this chapter.

December 15, 2018
Others

Chambers Global Practice Guide: Outsourcing 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.

December 12, 2018
Others

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 different jurisdictions.