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 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.
His breadth of experience in trade regulation and economic law includes serving as a trade negotiator for the Philippines at the 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 legislation, 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 further studies as a Chevening Fellow in University of London, and at the International Development Law Institute in Sydney, Australia.
He started his career as a senior accountant in a mining company and later as a budget systems analyst at San Miguel Corporation. After passing the bar exams, he worked as a litigation and corporate lawyer in various companies before he was tapped by the Philippine National Bank as technical assistant to the President and CEO in 1995.
After his retirement from PNB in 2003, he resumed his legal and accounting profession as a consultant to real estate companies and various startup companies; and at one time served as a legal consultant to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (“DENR”).
Commissioner De Claro, Jr. earned a Bachelor of Laws degree (magna cum laude) from the Ateneo De Davao Law School. Prior to that, he graduated magna cum laude from the De La Salle College with a Bachelor of Science in Commerce, Major in Accounting.
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.
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.