In or Out?

In or Out? By Atty. Macario De Claro, Jr. October 9, 2019   You may have heard in the news that the Philippine Competition Commission is looking into big mergers and the behavior of dominant market players. The PCC investigates alleged abuses of dominant position and reviews proposed mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures that exceed… continue reading ››

A conflict of laws?

A conflict of laws? Atty. Johannes R. Bernabe September 25, 2019   Intellectual property law and competition law have traditionally  been seen as at odds with one another. The conflict owes to the premise that intellectual property law is intended to protect the rights of inventors, artists, writers and businesses through the grant of patents,… continue reading ››

Exclusive only

Exclusive only By Atty. Amabelle C. Asuncion August 14, 2019   IF there is one word in the lexicon that evokes special or expensive, or both, that would be the word “exclusive.” Attach exclusive to anything and it magically turns into something rare and highly coveted. A club, an event, a film screening, or an… continue reading ››

Big tech in a small economy

Big tech in a small economy By Arsenio M. Balisacan July 31, 2019   Much has been said about the dominance of the so-called tech titans: Google, Facebook, Amazon, Apple, and the like. Not a day goes by that the decisions and policies of these companies do not touch the lives of millions of citizens,… continue reading ››

Is my ‘suki’ a price fixer?

Is my ‘suki’ a price fixer? By Atty. Macario De Claro Jr. July 3, 2019   You have recently learned about the Philippine Competition Act and have become more wary of possible violations in everyday life. A case that comes to mind is the price of your favorite snack and its competitors. All these products… continue reading ››

Abuse of Dominance

Abuse of Dominance by Atty. Johannes Benjamin R. Bernabe June 19, 2019   Cartels are more easily understood by lawyers and economists familiarizing themselves with competition law concepts. Even laymen have a general understanding of price-fixing and bid-rigging as acts among competitors that ought to be prohibited and penalized. However, the practices that the Philippine… continue reading ››

Don’t be evil

Don’t be evil By Atty. Amabelle C. Asuncion June 5, 2019   Abuse in any context is bad. There are laws against different forms of abuse: child abuse, abuse of women, abuse of authority, to name a few. The essence of these laws is to protect those in a position of weakness or disadvantage against… continue reading ››

Ensuring that businesses play hard

Ensuring that businesses play hard By Atty. Macario De Claro Jr. May 8, 2019   Everyone loves a good fight. Be it the exciting series between the Warriors and the Rockets in the NBA playoffs or the ultimate battle between the forces of good and evil in Avengers: Endgame, competition demands that both sides bring… continue reading ››

Balancing competitive markets and public interest

Balancing competitive markets and public interest by Atty. Johannes Benjamin R. Bernabe April 10, 2019   A debate which remains unsettled within not only the Philippine Competition Commission (PCC), but in other competition authorities around the world as well, is the extent to which “public interest” should influence the decisions and policies made by these… continue reading ››

Meeting the challenge of a new telco player

Meeting the challenge of a new telco player by Atty. Johannes Benjamin R. Bernabe March 6, 2019   The search for a third telco may have presumptively concluded with the selection of Mindanao Islamic Telephone Co.  (Mislatel), and the approval given by the Senate to the transfer of controlling interest therein to a consortium led… continue reading ››