During the Kapihan sa Manila Bay Wednesday, PCC Commissioner Johannes Benjamin Bernabe said the ongoing full administrative investigation of its Competition Enforcement Office has found “indications of anti competitive agreements” in the local cement industry.
Bernabe added that the Competition Enforcement Office is continuing its study and investigation to develop a theory of anti competitive practice.
But Bernabe clarified that the PCC has not yet established that there is cartel in the cement industry.
To recall, in August 2016 when former Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) undersecretary and now Laban Konsyumer Inc. president Victorio Mario Dimagiba filed an affidavit-complaint against Cement Manufacturers Association of the Philippines (CeMAP) president Ernesto Ordoñez in the antitrust body.
Dimagiba’s affidavit-complaint alleged that Ordoñez, in his capacity as president of CeMAP, LaFarge Holcim Philippines, Inc., and Republic Cement and Building Materials, Inc., violated provisions in the Philippine Competition Act by engaging in anti competitive agreements.
“These allegations were the basis of PCC to investigate the cement industry,” Bernabe said in Filipino.
“We found reasonable grounds to believe that anti competitive acts or practices have been committed,” he added noting that this made the Commission to proceed to conduct a full administrative investigation.