Region: Philippines

ASEAN cooperation framework won’t solve merger issues, Philippine enforcer says

Differing antitrust regimes could undermine cooperation between enforcers in southeast Asia on cross-border merger reviews, a top official at the Philippine Competition Commission has said.

27 October 2023

Philippine president orders cartel probe into agriculture sector

The president of the Philippines has ordered two of the country’s top law enforcement agencies to investigate allegations of price fixing and other criminal behaviour affecting the sale of onions and other agricultural products.

05 July 2023

Digital advocacy group calls for Grab suspension in the Philippines

A digital advocacy group has called on the Philippine government to suspend Grab’s operations, claiming the company acts without “remorse and fear of repercussions” due to its monopoly and dominance in various sectors.

07 June 2023

Philippine lawmaker pushes for first criminal sentences in cartel probe

A senior Philippine lawmaker has called on the country’s competition watchdog to impose its first-ever criminal sentences on individuals alleged to have colluded to raise the price of onions.

22 May 2023

Philippines hits Grab with fresh fines for commitment breach

The Philippine Competition Commission has again fined Grab for breaching commitments from its 2018 acquisition of Uber by failing to reimburse customers and providing misleading information in compliance reports.

15 May 2023

New Philippine competition boss pushes for quicker case resolution

The new chair of the Philippine Competition Commission has said the agency must look to speed up its antitrust cases.

27 February 2023

Philippine enforcer confirms cartel probe amid pressure from lawmakers

The Philippine Competition Commission is investigating whether cartels have caused an exorbitant rise in onion prices after lawmakers called for an investigation into recent hikes.

17 February 2023

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


Featured in GCR 100 2023

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

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