The PCC is composed of a Chairman and four (4) Commissioners. To ensure their independence and to insulate the Commission from undue external influence, all Commissioners have security of tenure and shall not be reappointed. Appointments are made by the President, and the Philippine Competition Act (PCA) requires that s/he appoints senior experts in economics, law, finance, commerce, or engineering.
Commissioner Amabelle C. Asuncion joins the roster of the decision-making panel of the Philippine Competition Commission (PCC), replacing erstwhile Commissioner Menardo Guevarra.
Commissioner Asuncion boasts of a diverse experience that spans the public and private sectors. In the public sector, she has served as executive director for the Senate Oversight Committee on Climate Change, Senate legislative officer, and adjudication chief of the National Water Resources Board. She also served as law and policy reform consultant for the Asian Development Bank.
In the private sector, Commissioner Asuncion has extensive experience in commercial and corporate practice. She advised top local and foreign businesses in various capacities, including as chief legal counsel and as a corporate partner of a law firm.
Immediately prior to joining the PCC, she was advocacy adviser for the European Chamber of Commerce.
Commissioner Asuncion received her law degree from the University of the Philippines and pursued her Master of Laws (with distinction) in International Legal Studies from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC. She is also admitted to the New York bar. She finished her BA English Studies from the University of the Philippines where she graduated magna cum laude. She was editor of the Philippine Law Journal and has published works locally and internationally, including in the European Journal of International Law.
Commissioner Johannes Benjamin R. Bernabe served as a Senior Fellow at the Geneva-based International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development, where he contributed on formulating and analyzing policy reforms to international trade system. He was also an Of Counsel at Ocampo-Manalo Law Office.
His breadth of experience in trade regulation and economic law includes seat as the Commercial Attaché and Trade Negotiator of the Philippines to the United Nations and World Trade Organization from 1999 to 2005. He specialized in competition law and trade facilitation, among other economic policies, as a Research Fellow at the Center for the Advancement of Trade and Integration and Facilitation.
During the 16th Congress, he served as the lead adviser to the Philippine Senate and House of Representatives on key economic legislations, which includes the Philippine Competition Act or R.A. 10667.
Commissioner Bernabe graduated cum laude with a degree in Economics at the University of the Philippines, where he also subsequently finished his law degree. He pursued his studies as a Chevening Fellow in University of London. In 2002, he completed an Executive Programme on Public International Trade Law at the International Development Law Institute in Sydney, Australia.
Commissioner Stella Alabastro Quimbo is an academician who served as a Professor and the Department Chair of the University of the Philippines School of Economics prior to her appointment in the Philippine Competition Commission.
From 2011 to 2013, she was a Prince Claus Professorial Chair Holder at Erasmus University of Rotterdam in the Netherlands.
Commissioner Quimbo has an extensive research portfolio in the field of Health Economics, Industrial Organization, Microeconomics, Education, Poverty, and Public Policy and Regulation. This includes her attendance in a succession of both international and local academic conferences, and authorship of numerous scientific and technical publications, one of which was acclaimed 2015 Outstanding Scientific Paper Awardee by The National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST). Later, NAST also conferred on her the Outstanding Youth Scientist Award.
She was also a Freedom Flame Awardee of a German foundation for liberal politics, Friedrich Neumann Foundation for Freedom Philippine Office, and a recipient of the UP President Edgardo J. Angara Fellowship and UP Diliman Centennial Faculty Grant.
She obtained her BS in Economics (summa cum laude), MA in Economics and PhD in Economics from the University of the Philippines in 1991, 1993 and 2000, respectively. She spent a year at Brown University (Providence, Rhode Island) as a post-doctoral fellow in 2002 at the Population Studies and Training Center.
Atty. El Cid R. Butuyan served as a Commissioner of the Philippine Competition Commission from February 2016 to July 2017. He served as the Head of Investigations and Litigation for the World Bank East Asia-Pacific (EAP) Team in the Integrity Vice-Presidency (INT), an independent unit of the World Bank Group in Washington DC that investigates and pursues sanctions related to fraud and corruption in World Bank Group-financed projects. In this capacity, Atty. Butuyan conducted audits, fact-finding investigations and litigation on cases relating to anti-competitive practices, corruption, collusion, cartel behavior, coercion and fraud by multinational and local firms. He also performed oversight functions to over US$7 billion annual portfolio in the region.
As a result of its findings, Atty. Butuyan’s World Bank team has issued Show Cause Letters and pursued sanctions proceedings against multinational and local firms including in major markets in the US, Europe and in Asian countries such as China, Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore, and Vietnam. He has led negotiations with the offending firms, through a leniency program and voluntary disclosure arrangements, resulting in settlement agreements which, in addition to mitigated penalties, required payment of restitution/fines.
From 2004 to 2009, he was among the selected legal counsels of the World Bank Legal Vice-Presidency, where he contributed to policy reforms, early sanctions reform and anti-corruption efforts of the World Bank.
In 2007, US Supreme Court Justice and former Dean Elena Kagan appointed him as Wasserstein Fellow “in recognition of outstanding contributions and dedication to public interest law.” He previously clerked for the Supreme Court and practiced with a major Philippine law firm.
At present, he is a Faculty Member at Harvard Law School where he teaches a course on Transnational Corruption. He also sits as Co-Chair of the ABA International Committee-Criminal Justice Section.
Atty. Butuyan is a Bachelor of Law graduate and a Dean’s Medal for Academic Excellence awardee at the University of the Philippines. He later pursued his Masters of Laws in Harvard Law School.
Atty. Guevarra served as a Commissioner of the Philippine Competition Commission from February to June 2016. He was appointed Senior Deputy Executive Secretary on June 30, 2016, vacating his office as Commissioner. He is an accredited arbitrator of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry and a faculty member of the Ateneo School of Law. He was also in private litigation practice for nearly 30 years. He also served as the Deputy Executive Secretary for Legal Affairs under the Aquino Administration. Commissioner Guevarra obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (magna cum laude) and Law degrees from the Ateneo de Manila University. He took up his graduate studies in Economics at UP.
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