Philippine agency chief signals impending raids cartel probes

30 January 2020 - 12:00 am UTC

The Philippine antitrust authority is poised to utilize its newly acquired dawn raid powers in existing investigations into possible cartels, its chairman told PaRR today (29 January).

Last week the Supreme Court formally launched rules governing on-site inspections by the Philippine Competition Commission (PCC). With the rules in place, dawn raids are now expected to start as part of the PCC’s investigation procedures.

PCC Chairman Arsenio Balisacan told PaRR that the agency was waiting for the judges to be trained on how courts should treat its application for on-site investigations, which would help beef up enforcement action against cartels.

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