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Uncategorized April 10, 2017

The Philippine Lemon Law

  The Philippine Lemon Law or Republic Act No. 10642 was passed to promote full protection to the rights of consumers in the sale of motor vehicles against business and trade practices which are deceptive, unfair or otherwise inimical to consumers and the public interest. The act covers brand new motor vehicles purchased in the […]

Uncategorized March 22, 2017

End of ‘ENDO’?

On March 16, 2017, the Department of Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III signed the Department Order 174 which implements Articles 106 to 109 of the Labor Code, as amended. Although the newly signed DO sets new guidelines for contractualization, it does not completely abolish it as most citizens desired. Labor-only contracting, which […]

Uncategorized December 31, 2016

The Sweet and the Not So Sweet 16 of 2016

We wrap up the year with a list of 16 headliners and trending topics in the Philippines and around the world. POTUS DONALD TRUMP Celebrity businessman Donald Trump wins against veteran politician Hillary Clinton in the 2016 US Presidential Election. The campaign trail was very controversial for Trump’s inflammatory remarks on immigrants and cultural minorities, […]

Uncategorized July 8, 2016

Statement of C/Supt. Bernardo A. Mendoza – July 7, 2016

Our client C/Supt. Bernardo A. Diaz reported to the Secretary of Interior and Local Government and NAPOLCOM, as directed by the Chief PNP and in compliance with the President’s directive. We have been advised to await the commencement of the formal legal proceedings where our client will be given an opportunity to be heard and […]

Uncategorized July 4, 2016

Change is Here

The Supreme Court with stroke of pen allowed the changes of entries in the birth certificate of Jennifer B. Cagandahan and ordered that the name “Jennifer Cagandahan” changed to “Jeff Cagandahan” and the gender from “female” to “male. In a thirteen-page decision penned by Justice Leonardo A. Quisumbing, the High Court ordered granted Jennifer Cagandahan’s […]

Uncategorized July 4, 2016

Raising the Bar

Taking the bar is a big deal because it is the culmination of four long years in law school. If law school exams are tough, the bar exams are even tougher because of the vast scope and limited time to prepare. It is hard not because of the degree of difficulty of the questions. It […]

Uncategorized July 1, 2016

The Battle of Bastards

“The Starks have manned the Wall for thousands of years, and you are a Stark. You may not have my name, but you have my blood.”  – Ned Stark to Jon Snow      In the Philippines, unlike in the hit television series Game of Thrones (GoT), illegitimate children have legal rights. The term bastard refers […]

Uncategorized June 28, 2016

Investing in the Philippines

There are different modes of doing business in the Philippines. Acts of “Doing Business” is defined by the Foreign Investments Act (FIA) as: a) Soliciting orders; b) Service Contracts; c) Opening offices, whether called liaison offices or branches; d) Appointing representatives or distributors domiciled in the Philippines who in any calendar year stay in the […]

Uncategorized June 27, 2016

Primer on Employee Discipline and Termination

A. SUBSTANTIVE DUE PROCESS The two most commonly used grounds for termination of employee are the Authorized Causes under Article 283 and 284 of the Labor Code, and the Just Causes under Article 282. Below are the authorized causes for termination of employment. Just causes, on one hand, for dismissal of employee may be defined […]