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PCC gets P2.6-T worth Merger, Acquisition Deals as of 2018

MANILA, Jan 3 (PNA) - The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) reported Thursday that a total of PHP2.6 trillion worth of merger and acquisition (M&A) transactions were filed with the Commission as of end-2018.
Date: 03 January 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

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

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DLT introducing Electronic Licenses

BANGKOK, Jan 15 (NNT) - The Department of Land Transport (DLT) has officially begun to introduce electronic drivers licenses, launching a downloadable application that can digitally hold driver authorizations and vehicle details.

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DOLE vows Aid for Workers displaced by Hanjin Bankruptcy

MANILA, Jan 15 (PNA) - The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Tuesday vowed to assist 3,800 workers of Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Philippines (HHIC-Phil) who might be affected after the South Korean shipbuilder declared bankruptcy and applied for rehabilitation.

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Over 100 Medicine Brands for Treatment of Diabetes, Hypertension, High Cholesterol now cheaper under TRAIN Law

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has submitted to the Department of Finance (DOF) a list of over 100 medicines with their corresponding generic names and brands for the treatment and prevention of diabetes, hypertension and high-cholesterol, the sale of which are now exempted from the payment of the value-added tax (VAT) beginning Jan. 1 as provided under the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion Act (TRAIN).

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Tax Academy eyeing Campuses in Tagaytay, New Clark City

The Department of Finance (DOF) is planning to set up permanent campuses of the Philippine Tax Academy (PTA) in Tagaytay City in Cavite and New Clark City at the Clark Special Economic Zone in Pampanga.

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Courts urged to speed up Judicial Reform

Hanoi, Jan 14 (VNA) - General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam and President Nguyen Phu Trong has stressed the need for courts at all levels to speed up judicial reform and improve the quality of judgment to minimise inaccurate verdicts and overlooking criminals.

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No Passport Data lost, breached: Government Printer

MANILA, Jan 14 (PNA) - No passport loss nor breach has occurred in the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), APO Production Unit Inc. (APUI), the current Philippine e-passport maker said Monday.

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Complaint Boxes for Iskandar Puteri Schools to tackle Crimes

ISKANDAR PUTERI, Jan 14 (Bernama) - The Iskandar Puteri District police have suggested for the district’s schools to provide boxes for information or complaints to tackle various crimes involving students.

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Tax Amnesty Programme aims to reduce People's Burden, says IRB

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 14 (Bernama) - The Special Voluntary Disclosure Programme (SVDP) is a clear indication of the government's desire to reduce the burden of the people through taxation, Inland Revenue Board (IRB) chief executive officer Datuk Seri Sabin Samitah said.

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Tengku Abdullah to be proclaimed as New Sultan of Pahang on January 15

PEKAN, Jan 12 (Bernama) - The Regent of Pahang Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah will be proclaimed as the sixth Sultan of Pahang, succeeding Sultan Ahmad Shah, on Jan 15.

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Judges, Judicial Officers receive DoJ Training not due to High Profile Cases - CJ

PUTRAJAYA, Jan 11 (Bernama) - Chief Justice Tan Sri Richard Malanjum explained that the training of Malaysian judges and judicial officers by the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) was not due to the high profile money laundering cases, such as the ones involving former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

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Adapt Technology and Work from anywhere, CJ tells Lawyers

PUTRAJAYA, Jan 11 (Bernama) - With the tagline ‘Now Anywhere Can Work’, lawyers can now deal with their cases from anywhere through the use of technology introduced by the judiciary in order to have an efficient court system, said Chief Justice Tan Sri Richard Malanjum today.

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Malaysian Bar will continue to voice Concerns over use of Oppressive Laws - President

PUTRAJAYA, Jan 11 (Bernama) - The Malaysian Bar will continue to voice its concerns on the continued use of oppressive laws, said its president George Varughese.

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Full Force of the Law to be applied to Wrongdoers, says AG

PUTRAJAYA, Jan 11 (Bernama) - Attorney-General Tommy Thomas said today the full force of the law would be applied to wrongdoers.

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Matrade appoints Halim Mohamad as Chairman

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 11 (Bernama) - Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (Matrade) has appointed Tan Sri Halim Mohammad as its seventh chairman, effective Jan 1, 2019.

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Vietnam requests other Countries to respect International Law

Hanoi, Jan 9 (VNA) - Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang underlined Vietnam’s stance on the US vessel USS McCampbell’s passage through Vietnam’s Hoang Sa (Paracel) waters, while responding to reporters’ questions regarding the case on January 9.

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Justice Ministry should be “Goalkeeper” of Government in Legal Issues: PM

Hanoi, Jan 8 (VNA) - The Ministry of Justice should be the “goalkeeper” of the Government in international legal issues to ensure national rights and interests, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said at a conference of the sector in Hanoi on January 8.

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Rizal granted Permission to transfer Corruption Case to High Court

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 9 (Bernama) - The case of former special officer to the former Prime Minister, Datuk Rizal Mansor, who faces four corruption charges involving a solar hybrid system project for rural schools in Sarawak will be heard in the High Court.

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Law Society Chief, Three Others appointed Senior Counsel

The President of the Law Society, Gregory Vijayendran, fellow litigator Siraj Omar, 46, as well as two former judicial commissioners of the Supreme Court, Foo Chee Hock, 58, and Foo Tuat Yien, 65, were conferred the coveted designation when their appointments were announced by Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon at the opening of the legal year.

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