March 2, 2018

TRAIN Law 2018

President Duterte signed Republic Act No. 10963, otherwise known as, the Tax Reform Acceleration and Inclusion Act (“TRAIN”) last 19 December 2017, amending portions of the National Internal Revenue Code of 1997.

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June 21, 2017

Reviewing the Declaration of Martial Law

In response to the attack of the Maute Group militants in Marawi City last 23 May 2017, President Rodrigo Duterte, through Proclamation No. 216, declared Martial Law following the clash, citing rebellion as a justification.

Thereafter, both the Senate and House of Representatives issued legislative resolutions in support of the declaration and indicating that there is no need for them to review Martial Law. These statements generated protest from several sectors of society, echoing the fear from the Martial Law during the Marcos Era.

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June 1, 2017

The Anti-Distracted Driving Act

The enactment of the Anti-Distracted Driving Act (“ADDA”) is a response to the ever-changing demands brought about by technological devices. Enacted last 27 June 2015, Republic Act No. 10913, otherwise known as, “An Act Defining and Penalizing Distracted Driving,” is intended to safeguard the public from the inimical consequences of unrestrained use of electronic mobile devices on road safety.

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Practice Areas

We respond to clients' varied needs, and protect their rights and legal interests.

We provide counseling and representation in all matters concerning:

Banking and Financial Services
Banks and other financial institutions, consumer lending, debt and equity financing, corporate reorganizations, construction financing, real estate financing, asset-based financing, bond financing and public finance, equity investments, and lender liability, and the formation of holding companies.
Business and Corporate Law
General corporate governance, business organizations, corporate finance, maintenance and restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, director and officer rights and obligations, employee matters, stockholder concerns, disposition and liquidation of businesses, non-stock, non-profit organizations, partners and partnerships, commercial law and contract law, investment laws, corporate litigation, foundations, incorporations, and all areas of business and corporate law.
Construction Law
Construction projects, including general contractors, sub-contractors and suppliers, construction managers, architects, engineers and other design professionals, materials suppliers and insurers.
Environmental Law
Administrative matters, compliance with local and national regulations.
Family Law
Marriages, legal separations, declarations of nullity, annulments, effects of foreign divorce, paternity suits, child custody, child support, spousal support, property rights between spouses, pre-nuptial agreements, domestic violence, adoptions, guardianships, emancipation of minors, family mediation and conciliation services and related litigation before the family courts.
Information Technology Law
Information technology, internet, e-commerce, web development and related issues (including intellectual property rights and venture capital funds.
Intellectual Property Rights & Copyright Law
Registration and maintenance of copyrights, trademarks, service marks and other intellectual property rights.
Labor and Employment Law
Advice and counseling concerning all aspects of labor and employment law including the Labor Code, Social Security Systems, Medicare Act, Employees Compensation, labor union negotiations and arbitration, reviewing and drafting employee handbooks, collective bargaining negotiations, and litigation.
Complex contract and commercial disputes, labor and employment disputes, real estate disputes, personal injury and damage to property, copyright and trademark, professional liability, securities disputes, insurance claims, foreclosures, tax disputes, civil cases, family law, criminal cases, stockholder disputes, land titles and registration, immigration, probate, and credit collection; practice in regulatory and administrative proceedings before various government agencies and quasi-judicial bodies; alternative dispute resolution and pre-litigation counseling.
Mining Law
Contract drafting and compliance with local and national regulations.
Real Estate Law
Real estate acquisitions and sales, development and supervision of condominium and subdivision projects, leasing, financing, mortgages and foreclosures, condemnation, titling, conversions, zoning and land use.
Securities Law
All areas of corporate finance and investment including counseling of public companies, private placements, reporting company and insider compliance, tender offers, mergers and acquisitions, securities litigation, public securities offerings, rights offerings, and enforcement proceedings
Tax Law
Financial analysis and recommendations for structuring of investments, estate planning, tax audits, litigation and appeals, tax amnesty, tax opinions for public and private offerings of properties and securities, tax-exempt and charitable institutions, employee benefit plans, stock option plans, estate tax return, private letter rulings, income, excise, estate and other tax audits and controversies; tax avoidance strategies for corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships and individuals; representation of clients before the tax court and the Bureau of Internal Revenue.
Transportation Law
Administrative matters, registration and compliance relating to land, maritime and aviation laws.
Trusts and Estates
Estate planning and administration; probate and trust litigation services.