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Registration of securities

By Gladys Jane Dela Cruz September 8, 2022 SECTION 8.1 of Republic Act 8799, or the “Securities and Regulation Code (SRC)” clearly states that securities should not be sold or offered for sale or distribution in the Philippines without a registration statement duly filed with and approved...

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Proving foreign law in Philippine courts

By Ramon Vaughn Dy III on September 1,2022 PHILIPPINE courts adhere to the doctrine of processual presumption, which generally means that where a foreign law is not pleaded or not proved even if pleaded, the presumption is that it is the same as Philippine law (EDI-Staffbuilders International...

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Certainty in judicial practice

By Nica Marsha Gasapo on August 25,2022 STARE decisis et non quieta movere, meaning “stand by the decisions and disturb not what is settled,” is a doctrine rooted in the necessity of stability, certainty and predictability in judicial decisions. Stare decisis is based on the rule that...

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General obligations of a withholding agent

By Gladys Jane Dela Cruz on August 19,2022 THE withholding tax system is a mechanism to facilitate the collection of taxes from taxpayers. In the case of Chamber of Real Estate and Builders’ Associations Inc. v. Executive Secretary Alberto Romulo, et al. (GR 60756, March 9, 2010), the Supreme...

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Intra-corporate and intercorporate disputes

By Ramon Vaughn Dy III on August 11,2022 DISPUTES within a corporation or between/among corporate entities or persons within a corporate entity are inevitable. These vary and are dependent on who the parties are and their relationships to each other. Generally, the disputes can be classified as...

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Guidelines for online businesses

By Aziza Hannah Bacay on August 4,2022 TWO years into the Covid-19 pandemic, we have witnessed how consumers transitioned from being buyers from traditional brick-and-mortar businesses to online shoppers. Indeed, online transactions provide a more convenient means for consumers to avail of goods...

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Consolidated guidelines on accreditation of importers

By Gwendolyn Ann Banaria on July 28,2022 THE Bureau of Customs (BoC) recently issued Customs Administrative Order (CAO) 07-2022, which provides revised guidelines on the accreditation of importers and consolidates three previous issuances: Customs Memorandum Orders 11-2014, 05-2018 and 31-2019. CAO...

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The SC on the doctrine of corporate opportunity

By Ellaine Anne Bernardino on July 21, 2022 A COMPANY director holds a position of trust and confidence and should be loyal to the corporation he or she serves. As such, a director puts the corporation’s interests first over his or her own in case a business opportunity presents itself....

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New rules clarify incentives under the 2008 RE Act

By Euney Marie Mata-Perez on July 14, 2022 FINALLY, last June 30, 2022, nearly 14 years since the passage of Republic Act (RA) 9513, or the “Renewable Energy (RE) Act of 2008,” the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) issued Revenue Regulation (RR) 7-2022, entitled...

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