philippine holidays for 2019

Philippine Holidays for 2019

Pursuant to Proclamation No. 555, dated 15 August 2018, the Philippine holidays (both regular and special non-working days) for 2019 are as follows: 01 January 2019, Tuesday – New Year’s Day (regular holiday) 05 February 2019, Tuesday – Chinese New Year (Special non-working day) 25 February 2019, Monday – EDSA People Power Revolution Anniversary (Special […]

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Registration of Voters in the Philippines

Suffrage has been defined as the right to vote in political elections. However, it has a deeper meaning than merely exercising the right to vote. Suffrage includes the right to shape the future. After all, in voting, we determine our leaders who will either steer us to the shore of development or to the deep […]

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Substitution of Candidates in Philippine Elections

Candidates for elective offices can be substituted. Pursuant to Section 77 of Batas Pambansa Bilang 881, otherwise known as the Omnibus Election Code, substitution of candidates is allowed only in cases of death, withdrawal or disqualification of the original candidate. In cases of death or disqualification, the substitute may file his Certificate of Candidacy up […]

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A Brief Primer on Petitions to Deny Due Course or Cancel a Certificate of Candidacy in Philippine Elections

The information provided by a candidate in his Certificate of Candidacy (COC) cannot be taken lightly. Should a candidate make false statements of a material representation in the COC, his COC may be cancelled or denied due course. Section 78 of Batas Pambansa Bilang 881, otherwise known as the Omnibus Election Code, provides the remedy […]

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Certificates of Candidacies in Philippine Elections

The importance of a valid certificate of candidacy rests at the very core of the electoral process. (Bautista vs. Comelec, G.R. No. 154796, 23 October 2003) As such, a person with a cancelled certificate is no candidate at all. The evident purposes of the law in requiring the filling of certificates of candidacy and in […]

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Infographic: Mga Dapat Mong Malaman Tungkol sa 13th Month Pay

Bilang isang corporate lawyer in the Philippines, isa sa mga madalas na itanong sa akin ng mga empleyado sa kumpanya ay ang tungkol sa kanilang 13th month pay. Karaniwan ng itinatanong ng mga empleyado, lalo na ang fresh graduates, ang tungkol dito. Ano ba ang 13th month pay? Lahat ba ay entitled makakuha nito? Magkano […]

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Cartel Criminalization and Leniency Policies in the Philippines

Cartel Criminalization and Leniency Policies in the Philippines (13 June 2018)    “Let me start with the obvious: cartel behavior (price-fixing, market allocation, and bid- rigging) is bad for consumers, bad for business, and bad for efficient markets generally. And let me be very clear: these cartels are the equivalent of theft by well-dressed thieves, […]

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Philippine Competition Law at a Glance

Philippine Competition Law at a Glance (updated 06 March 2020) On 21 July 2015, Republic Act No. 10667, otherwise known as the Philippine Competition Act was finally enacted and became effective on 08 August 2015. However, a transitional period was provided by the law whereby an existing business structure, conduct, practice or any act that […]

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How to file a Trademark Infringement Case with the Philippine Intellectual Property Office

Blood, sweat and tears. All these you invested so your brand can establish its niche in the market.  After years of hard work, your brand is now popular. You now have a regular clientele who patronize your products bearing your trademark.  Then one day, you realize that your sales declined. You wonder why. Upon investigation, […]

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The Philippine Data Privacy Law and Regulations tell us, “Beware the Ides of March!”

“Beware the ides of March!” is from William Shakespeare’s famous tragedy, Julius Caesar. It was a warning uttered by a soothsayer to Julius Caesar, that he should stay home and be careful when March 15, the ides of March, comes. However, for entities covered by the Philippines’

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