philippines - Competition Law & Anti-Trust

PCC seeks Own Probe on Luzon Power Outages

MANILA, Apr 22 (PNA) - The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) announced that it will investigate allegations of collusion or abuse of dominance among energy companies that led to the recent series of power outages in Luzon.
Date: 22 April 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

PCC approves Ayala-PHINMA Energy Deal

MANILA, Apr 15 (PNA) - The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) has approved the acquisition of the majority stake in PHINMA Energy by Ayala Corporation’s power branch, AC Energy.
Date: 15 April 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

PCC raises Threshold for Merger Notifications

MANILA, Feb 21 (PNA) - The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) has raised the threshold for mandatory notifications of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) to ensure that transactions will not substantially lessen competition in the market.
Date: 21 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

PCC imposes P6.5-M Fine on Grab for Submitting Wrong Data

MANILA, Jan 25 (PNA) - The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) slapped a PHP6.5-million fine on ridesharing firm Grab Philippines after it violated its voluntary commitments following the approval of its acquisition of Uber last year.
Date: 25 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

PCC rejects URC Voluntary pledges on Sugar Mill Buyout

MANILA, Jan 25 (PNA) - The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) announced on Friday that it has rejected the voluntary commitments offered by Universal Robina Corp. (URC) in its acquisition of Central Azucarera Don Pedro, Inc. (CADPI) in Batangas.
Date: 25 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippines News Agency

PCC gets P2.6-T worth Merger, Acquisition Deals as of 2018

MANILA, Jan 3 (PNA) - The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) reported Thursday that a total of PHP2.6 trillion worth of merger and acquisition (M&A) transactions were filed with the Commission as of end-2018.
Date: 03 January 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Grab to appeal Fines imposed for Uber Merger

MANILA, Oct 26 (PNA) - Grab Philippines will appeal the decision of the Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) which imposed a PHP12-million fine for allegedly violating the interim measures order imposed during the review of its acquisition of Uber’s operations, its lawyer said Friday.
Date: 26 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

PCC imposes P16-M fine vs Uber, Grab on Merger Deal

MANILA, Oct 17 (PNA)  The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) has imposed a PHP16-million fine against ride-sharing firms Grab Philippines and Uber for violating the interim measures it has imposed during the review period of their merger earlier this year.
Date: 17 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

PCC gives Nod to Grab-Uber Deal

MANILA, Aug 10 (PNA) - The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) Chairman Arsenio Balisacan announced Friday the antitrust body has given the green light to go ahead with the acquisition deal between transport network companies (TNCs) Grab and Uber.
Date: 10 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

DTI urge PCC to review Foreign Shipping Charges

The Department of Trade and Industry is requesting the Philippine Competition Commission to look into excessive and unreasonable charges imposed by foreign shipping lines to importers and exporters, amid the growing concerns of business community about these surcharges which continue to undermine the competitiveness of local industries.
Date: 26 July 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Department of Trade and Industry

Duterte warns Rice hoarders, Cartels

MANILA, July 24 (PNA) - President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Monday issued a stern warning against rice traders engaged in hoarding and cartel operations, who are being blamed for the artificial rice shortage that leads to high rice prices.
Date: 24 July 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

CA affirms ERC Jurisdiction over Energy Sector Competition Cases

MANILA, July 1 (PNA) - The Court of Appeals (CA) affirmed that the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has the power to resolve cases of anti-competitive behavior and other unfair trade practices in the energy sector.
Date: 01 July 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

PCC to draft List of Fair Competition Violators

MANILA, June 20 (PNA) - The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) announced that it will soon generate a list of industries within the manufacturing sector that violate laws on fair competition.
Date: 20 June 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Independent Federal Competition Authority eyed in New Constitution

MANILA, May 8 (PNA) - A constitutionally mandated federal competition authority with national powers is being eyed in the new Constitution being drafted by the Consultative Committee (ConCom) tasked by President Rodrigo R. Duterte to review the 1987 Constitution. ConCom member Arthur Aguilar, chairperson of the subcommittee on economic reforms ...
Date: 08 May 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Ex-DA Secretary Alcala to face Trial for Graft over Garlic Cartel

The Office of the Ombudsman found probable cause to charge former Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary Proceso Alcala and 23 others for violation of Section 3(e) of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act (Republic Act No. 3019). Included in the indictment are Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) Director Clarito Barron, BPI Division Chiefs Merle Pa ...
Date: 24 April 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Office of the Ombudsman

Ombudsman to sue ex-DA Chief, 23 Others for Alleged Garlic Cartel

MANILA, Apr 24 (PNA) - Former Agricultural Secretary Proceso Alcala and 23 others will be facing graft charges before the Sandiganbayan after the Office of the Ombudsman has found probable cause to sue them for the alleged garlic cartel which controlled garlic importation and pushed garlic prices to the roof.
Date: 24 April 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

PCC orders Uber, Grab to explain Shutdown of Uber Operations

MANILA, Apr 16 (PNA) - The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) has ordered ridesharing companies Uber and Grab to explain why they failed to maintain their separate business operations which was stipulated in the interim measures.
Date: 16 April 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

LTFRB wary on PCC Order allowing Uber to continue Ops

MANILA, Apr 8 (PNA) - The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has expressed concern that the order of the Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) for ride-sharing firms Uber and Grab to maintain their separate business operations beyond April 8 would adversely impact the safety and welfare of the riding public.
Date: 08 April 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Grab, Uber urged to be transparent about Merger

MANILA, Apr 2 (PNA) - The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) said Monday that it is closely looking into the acquisition deal between Grab and Uber, adding that the antitrust body will ensure that the transaction will not harm the interest of the riding public.
Date: 02 April 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Ayala Land-Central Azucarera de Tarlac Asset Deal gets Nod

MANILA, Mar 8 (PNA) - The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) has approved the transaction between Ayala Land, Inc. and Central Azucarera de Tarlac
Date: 08 March 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

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Ex-CJ speaks out against Lawyers' Tendency to seek Postponements

KUALA LUMPUR, Jun 16 (Bernama) - Former Chief Justice Tun Zaki Azmi has spoken out against the tendency by certain defence lawyers to seek postponements of cases being heard in court.

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New Competition Commission already under Fire

Myanmar’s professed commitment to competition reform has come under fire after the government packed the new Competition Commission with bureaucrats serving under a minister.

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NA Deputies give Opinions on Revised Labour Code

Hanoi, Jun 12 (VNA) - The revised Labour Code will the focus during the sitting of lawmakers on June 12 in the ongoing 7th session of the 14th National Assembly.

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Ability to pay Taxes Online a Boon for Vietnam’s Import-Export Businesses

Hanoi, Jun 6 (VNS/VNA) - Around 99 percent of import and export tax payments in Ho Chi Minh City are made online, according to the customs department.

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OWWA joins Urban Poor Caravan

MANILA, Jun 8 (PNA) - The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) will be joining the Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor (PCUP) caravan to inform the public of its programs on overseas employment.

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Palace declares June 24 Holiday in Manila

MANILA, Jun 6 (PNA) - Malacañang has declared June 24 as a special, non-working holiday in the City of Manila in celebration of its 448th founding anniversary.

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Legal Profession faces inherent Risks not Exclusive to NUPL

MANILA, Jun6 (PNA) - A state lawyer of the Office of the Solicitor General said Thursday the legal profession faces "inherent risks not exclusive to the National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL)".

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DOJ forms Panel to probe Jacky Co Case

MANILA, Jun 6 (PNA) - A prosecution panel has been assigned for the preliminary investigation on the complaints filed against alleged Chinese drug lord Jacky Co and others implicated in the smuggling of PHP1.8 billion worth of illegal drugs into the country.

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Myanmar still short of Judges, says Supreme Court

The number of judges in the country is just two thirds of the number required, according the 2018 annual report of the Union Supreme Court.

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RCI on Judicial Misconduct is what People Want - Dr Mahathir

PUTRAJAYA, Jun 5 (Bernama) - The government agreed to set up a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) on judicial misconduct because this is what the people want, said Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

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CJ stresses Importance of beefing up Legal Education

MANILA, Jun 3 (PNA) - Chief Justice Lucas P. Bersamin emphasized the commitment of his administration to leave no stone unturned in reforming the country's legal education system.

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Double Pay for Workers on June 5

MANILA, Jun 3 (PNA) - Private sector workers, who will report to duty on Wednesday, June 5, will be paid twice their regular daily wages, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said Monday.

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Complaints via Whatsapp: RTD issues More than 200 Notices

KUALA LUMPUR, June 3 (Bernama) - More than 200 notices have been issued by the Road Transport Department (RTD) as result of consumer complaints via the Whatsapp application during the three days enforcement operation, in conjunction with Adilfitri, which began on May 29.

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Online Trader benefits from Industrial Revolution 4.0

KOTA BHARU, Jun 2 (Bernama) - The Industry Revolution 4.0, which is occurring all over the world, has given huge benefit to online traders in marketing their products to consumers.

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Vietnam attends ASEAN Plus Three, EAS SOMs

Bangkok, May 30 (VNA) - Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Quoc Dung, who is head of the country’s SOM ASEAN, attended the ASEAN Plus Three SOM and East Asia Summit (EAS) SOM, which were held within the framework of the ASEAN Senior Officials' Meeting (SOM) in Bangkok on May 30.

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JBC sets Public Interviews for SC Aspirants

MANILA, May 31 (PNA) - The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) has released the schedule of the public panel interview of hopefuls vying for a Supreme Court (SC) post, to be vacated by Associate Justice Mariano del Castillo who will compulsorily retire on July 29.

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Mohd Roze Shaari is New Intelligence/Operations Deputy Director

KUALA LUMPUR, June 1 (Bernama) - Bukit Aman's Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has a new Intelligence/Operations deputy director.

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Give Mandatory Counselling, Community Service Sessions to Road Bullies - MCPF

KUALA LUMPUR, May 31 (Bernama) - The Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation (MCPF) has suggested that compulsory counselling and community service sessions be meted out to individuals detained for dangerous driving and road rage.

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