Region: Philippines

Philippines competition watchdog signs MoU with government

The Philippine Competition Commission has signed a memorandum of understanding with the country’s Department of Trade and Industry to share information and cooperate on competition law enforcement.

18 February 2019

Philippines authority blocks merger for first time

The takeover of a sugar mill by one of the Philippines’ largest branded food and beverage companies is an illegal merger to monopoly, the country’s competition enforcer has held in its first-ever merger block.

14 February 2019

Philippines rolls out leniency programme

The Philippines is set to usher in a new era of competition enforcement with the introduction of a leniency programme that will grant the first-in applicant full immunity and allow a second whistle-blowing company a discounted fine.

17 January 2019

Philippines food company offers remedies

One of the Philippines’ largest branded food and beverage product companies has offered commitments to allay the Philippine Competition Commission’s concerns that its purchase of a sugar mill would harm competition.

10 January 2019

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30 October 2018

Grab asks Philippines to reconsider fine

Grab has urged the Philippine Competition Commission to reconsider the €196,560 fine it imposed on the ride-hailing company earlier this month.

29 October 2018

Philippines fines Grab and Uber

The Philippine Competition Commission has fined Grab and Uber approximately €258,000 for violating interim measures that required the companies to maintain business independence while the enforcer investigated their merger.

18 October 2018

Grab/Uber conditionally cleared in the Philippines

The Philippine Competition Commission has conditionally cleared Grab’s acquisition of Uber’s business in southeast Asia, subject to a series of commitments by Grab to ensure service quality and pricing levels.

10 August 2018

Philippines says Uber/Grab deal has already reduced competition

The Philippine Competition Commission has found “compelling grounds” to take Grab “to task” over its acquisition of Uber’s southeast Asia operations, after the enforcer’s investigation concluded that the deal has already caused a decrease in the quality of Grab’s services.

29 May 2018

Uber/Grab deal sparks intra-governmental clash

The Philippine Competition Commission has ordered Uber to explain why it has discontinued operations in the country – despite the transport regulatory authority having ordered the ride-hailing company to stop business as part of its deal with taxi app Grab.

17 April 2018

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