philippines - Competition Law & Anti-Trust

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

PCC okays Ningbo Joyson’s Buyout of Takata Assets

MANILA, Feb 28 (PNA) - The Merger and Acquisition Office (MAO) of the Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) has approved the buyout of Takata Corporation’s assets by Ningbo Joyson Electronics Corp.
Date: 28 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Anti-Trust Body okays SMC Global Power Deals

MANILA, Feb 26 (PNA) - The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) sees no anti-competitive behavior in SMC Global Power Holdings, Inc.’s purchase of shares in Masin-AES Pte. Ltd., AES Transpower Pte. Ltd., and AES Philippines, Inc.
Date: 26 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

EU ready to help PH in strengthening Enforcement of Competition Law

MANILA, Feb 21 (PNA) - The European Union (EU) is willing to help the Philippines in strengthening the enforcement of the Philippine Competition Act (PCA), EU Ambassador to the Philippines Franz Jessen said.
Date: 22 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Anti-Trust Body may ease Rules

MANILA, Feb 22 (PNA) - The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) is eyeing to ease some of its rules, more particularly about the rules on forbearance.
Date: 22 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

PCC urged to hike P1-B Notification Threshold

MANILA, Feb 21 (PNA) - The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) has received requests to hike the current PHP1-billion notification threshold for merger and acquisition deals.
Date: 21 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

PCC voids Udenna-KGLI Deal, fines Firms

MANILA, Feb 19 (PNA) - Udenna Corp. and KGL Investment Cooperatief (KGLI Coop) are facing twin penalties following the decision of the Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) on the transaction between the two companies.
Date: 19 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

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Laos, Luxembourg review Rule of Law and Legal Education Programmes

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Najib's Legal Team' fail to get Letter of Appointment of Lead Prosecutor

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Land Bank, TFBL ink Deal on Loan Program for Rebel Surrenderers

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Prosecution to apply to Transfer Case of Businessman who offered Bribe to Tengku Adnan to High Court

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International Judicial Cooperation in Criminal Asset Recovery discussed

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