Hi! I am Arvin, a lawyer by profession. I was admitted to the Philippine bar in 2015, and has since been practicing law in the areas of TMT (telecommunications, media and telecommunications), mergers and acquisitions, and civil and commercial litigation.
I regularly advise on e-commerce, data privacy, online banking, online gaming, net neutrality, and technology transfers.
As a lawyer in a field that outpaces my profession at a constant pace, I have seen how stakeholders–especially regulators–encounter difficulty making distinctions, identifying the applicable rules, creating the proper regulations, and applying a reasonable framework that balances competing interests. While I do not claim to hold all the answers, I seek to understand, and contribute my (hopefully well-reasoned and grounded) thoughts to the legal discourse.
I am, of course, well-aware of the limits of this platform (the irony with owning a corner in the cyberspace, with practically the entire world as your audience, is that there is actually little to no chance that your thoughts can be of value, or that anyone is even really listening to you to begin with), but I feel that maintaining this space is a task I have to see through, if only to know what my thoughts were on a particular issue. I mean, five years ago, who would have thought that fake news would even be a thinkable issue today?