Region: Philippines

Philippines brings big insurance cartel case

The competition authority in the Philippines has accused eight insurance companies, the National Home Mortgage Finance Corporation and four individuals of entering into anticompetitive agreements over the last 40 years.

04 February 2020

Philippines concerned about major cement deal

San Miguel’s acquisition of Holcim Philippines raises worries of monopolisation, increased market power and potential collusion, the country’s competition watchdog has said.

03 February 2020

Philippine watchdog seeks greater enforcement powers

The Philippine antitrust watchdog is set to introduce amendments to the country’s competition law that would allow it to conduct dawn raids without first obtaining a court order.

07 January 2020

Next week in Beijing: The Asia-Pacific Tipline for 29 November 2019

This week was a bit slow in Asia-Pacific in terms of major news stories, but read on for many interesting developments on mergers, cases, authorisation requests for certain conduct and more. In addition to all of the regular content, next week we will be reporting from our inaugural conference in mainland China – GCR Live IP and Antitrust Beijing. Enforcement officials from China, Japan and the US are scheduled to speak on topics including intellectual property and industrial policy.

29 November 2019

Philippines fines Grab and expands commitments

Grab must pay a fine and refund customers for breaching commitments the ride hailing company made to secure approval of its merger with Uber, the Philippine Competition Commission has ordered.

20 November 2019


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06 November 2019

Philippines reaches first settlement in an abuse of dominance case

A Philippine housing developer has agreed to stop forcing tenants to use its in-house internet service provider and accepted a fine for its abusive conduct, the country’s competition watchdog has said.

02 October 2019

Follow the yellow BRICS road: The Asia-Pacific Tipline for 13 September 2019

We are on the ground in Russia for the next week covering the BRICS competition conference with enforcers and delegates from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. For now, Uber’s saga in Asia continues. This week the US technology giant said it would be stopping its food-delivery service in Korea on 14 October. The official reason was for failing to reach its expected performance standards, but digging below the surface shows a strange market. On the one hand, Seoul-based Baedal Minjok has about a 75% market share; on the other hand, a bunch of home-grown players are introducing new services. Yup, you read that correctly: Korea’s food delivery market looks both highly concentrated and highly competitive.

12 September 2019

Papua New Guinea blocks airline codeshare

Papua New Guinea’s competition authority has proposed to reject a deal between two airlines – one of which is government-owned – covering flights between the capitals of Papua New Guinea and the Philippines.

30 July 2019

Philippines issues first abuse of dominance charges

The Philippine Competition Commission has accused a housing developer of committing an abuse of dominance by implementing an exclusive deal for internet service at one of its properties in Manila.

08 April 2019

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