Amicus Curiae

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April 16, 2019

The National Privacy Commission (“NPC”) recently announced the extension of the validity of registrations completed by personal information controllers and processors as of 2018, as well as the indefinite postponement of the submission of the Annual Security Incident Report (“ASIR”) covering the calendar year 2018. Under NPC Circular No. 17-01, the NPC required the renewal of registrations... Read More

April 10, 2019

To honor its obligations under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, Congress on July 2005 passed Republic Act No. 9344, otherwise known as the “Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006.” In its Declaration of State Policy, Congress discussed how the State recognizes “the right of every child alleged as, accused of, adjudged, or recognized as having infringed the penal law to... Read More

March 20, 2019

In this digital world, mobile phones are a necessary part of our daily lives. As we become heavily dependent on these gadgets for communication and for the accomplishment of our daily task, we encounter some service issues and technical glitches, including connectivity to the internet. Sometimes, subscribers simply tolerate and continue to pay for the poor service, as they do not want the... Read More

March 13, 2019

On 20 February 2019, President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law Republic Act No. 11232, otherwise known as the Revised Corporation Code of the Philippines (the “New Code”), which may be considered as a landmark legislation updating the 38-year-old Corporation Code of the Philippines (the “Old Code”) to adjust to modern times. The New Code aims to improve ease of doing business and modernize... Read More

Raymond C. Suarez, Jr.

February 06, 2019

Indigenous peoples (IPs) and indigenous cultural communities (ICCs), though explicitly protected under the Constitution itself, sadly remain one of the most marginalized and forgotten sectors in Philippine society. Most often than not, IPs and ICCs are known for their mineral-rich ancestral lands and domains which are the usual targets for mining development projects. Not known to many, however,... Read More

Johanne Kristel Emmanuelle R. Descallar

January 30, 2019

Recently, Congress decided to strengthen the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) by passing the proposed OSG law. The Senate and the House of Representatives gave their own versions of the bill, and later came to a compromise, after the bicameral conference committee approved the reconciled versions of the bills, incorporating the following salient points of the proposed new OSG Law. Primarily... Read More

January 09, 2019

In the Philippines, employees are subject to normal working hours of not exceeding 8 hours a day, for 6 days per week. It seems that our laws made it this way to provide employees ample time for rest and recreation after a hard day’s work.   However, with the ever-changing dynamics in the workplace and the growing trend towards aspiring for a more significant work-life balance, it... Read More

December 26, 2018

“God’s greatest gift is human life and we have a duty to protect the life of an unborn child.” The unborn are some of the most vulnerable and defenseless members of society. They are sometimes neglected, abandoned, and forgotten. But over the years, the government has taken a pro-active role not only in recognizing the rights of the unborn but also in enacting statutes that protect their well-... Read More

December 12, 2018

The Supreme Court recognized in the case of Saudi Arabian Airlines v. Court of Appeals (G.R. No. 122191, 8 October 1998, 297 SCRA 469) that “the presence of foreign elements (in transactions) is inevitable, since social and economic affairs of (persons and/or entities) are rarely confined to the geographic limits of their births or conception.” Thus, as an example, persons/corporations from... Read More

December 06, 2018

Freedom of Information (FOI) is a right enshrined in our fundamental law. It refers to the right of the people to information on matters of public concern. It is the right of every citizen to access official records, documents, and papers pertaining to official acts, transactions, or decisions, as well as to government research data used as basis for policy development (Sec. 7, Art. III, 1987... Read More