Region: Philippines

Former audit commissioner named Philippine competition head

The Philippine government has tapped Michael Aguinaldo, the former head of the Commission on Audit, to chair the country’s competition watchdog on a seven-year term.

12 January 2023


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Antitrust lawyers in the Philippines work opposite a competition watchdog in transition following the departure of its inaugural chair, Arsenio Balisacan.

12 December 2022

Philippines launches abuse probe into major telecoms providers

The Philippine Competition Commission is investigating accusations that the country’s two biggest mobile service providers abused their dominance by making it difficult for customers to connect with a new market entrant.

31 August 2022

Philippine teleco accused of “forum-shopping” with abuse of dominance complaint

One of the two largest mobile service providers in the Philippines has accused a new entrant of “blatant forum-shopping” by filing an abuse of dominance claim with the country’s competition watchdog over interconnection issues.

12 August 2022

Philippine startup accuses mobile incumbents of abusing their dominance

A disruptive new player in the Philippine mobile services market has accused the two incumbents of abusing their dominance by making it difficult for customers to interconnect with their services.

09 August 2022

Philippines to increase scrutiny of pharmaceutical sector

The Philippine Competition Commission has said it will strengthen enforcement in the pharmaceutical sector following a call from the country’s president to ensure cartels are not contributing to high drug prices.

26 July 2022

Philippines appoints acting competition boss

Johannes Bernabe, the only remaining founding member at the Philippine Competition Commission, has taken over as acting chair of the agency and promised to conclude or advance six investigations before the end of the year.

07 July 2022

Inaugural chair of Philippine competition watchdog steps down

The inaugural chair of the Philippine Competition Commission will step down from his post earlier than planned after the country’s newly-elected president tapped him to lead the cabinet’s economic development and planning agency.

25 May 2022

Philippines orders Grab to pay unclaimed refunds after commitment breach

The Philippine Competition Commission has ordered ride-hailing company Grab to “immediately release” nearly €333,000 in unclaimed refunds to its passengers, which stemmed from penalties for failure to abide by commitments following its merger with Uber.

21 March 2022

Philippine competition boss looks to cement his legacy

The inaugural chair of the Philippine Competition Commission has said the authority must intensify its enforcement and increase the number of cases it brings, especially those that are resolved through adjudication.

19 January 2022

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