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Antitrust body slams San Miguel-Holcim deal, raises monopoly concerns

Jan 31, 2020 - 6:48 PM

(UPDATED) The Philippine Competition Commission says San Miguel’s planned acquisition of Holcim Philippines will weaken competition in the grey cement market

Philippines strengthens crackdown on consumer fraud

Jan 04, 2020 - 8:17 AM

The Department of Justice boosts witness protection for whistleblowers against businesses that violate the Philippine Competition Act

Construction of a residential condominium in Quezon City on August 6, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Grab refunding passengers starting December 31

Dec 26, 2019 - 1:51 PM

(UPDATED) The P1-refund is available to GrabCar riders with total fares of every P1,200 from February 10 to May 10; and every P450 from May 11 to August 10

Grab ordered to refund riders another P14 million

Dec 18, 2019 - 11:37 AM

The Philippine Competition Commission fines Grab another P16.15 million for violating its commitments on pricing and driver cancellation rates

FINED ANEW. The Philippine Competition Commission fined Grab for a fourth time during the initial undertaking of monitoring its commitments, this time imposing a P16.15-million fine for pricing and service quality violations.

Australia stops short of major clampdown on Facebook, Google

Dec 12, 2019 - 4:59 PM

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission calls for new regulations to rein in the power of digital behemoths amid global concerns ranging from anti-trust issues to privacy abuse, among other issues

MONITORING TECH GIANTS. A picture taken on October 1, 2019 in Lille shows the logos of mobile apps Facebook and Google displayed on a tablet. Photo by Denis Charlet/AFP

Grab says riders to get rebate of 'less than a peso to over P100'

Nov 22, 2019 - 1:50 PM

Grab Philippines also insists that 'no overcharging happened' as the higher fares were driven by 'uncontrollable factors' such as booking demand and traffic conditions

Antitrust body orders Grab to refund P5M to riders

Nov 18, 2019 - 1:05 PM

(UPDATED) The new disgorgement mechanism will require Grab to refund any excess fares to riders through their GrabPay accounts

'No way but up' for NU Pep Squad after back-to-back romp

Nov 17, 2019 - 11:52 PM

Fans expect only the best from the NU Pep Squad, but coach Ghicka Bernabe admits there's 'no such thing as an easy journey' for her team

Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler.com

IN PHOTOS: Festive colors, dynamic moves highlight 2019 UAAP cheerdance

Nov 17, 2019 - 9:53 PM

Check out what makes the UAAP cheerdance another showstopper this season

DYNASTY. The NU Pep Squad bags back-to-back titles in the UAAP cheerdance competition with another showstopper.  Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

All the UAAP cheerdance tweets and memes you shouldn't miss

Nov 17, 2019 - 7:37 PM

Social media users certainly did not disappoint with their reaction posts this year

NU restarts UAAP cheerdance dynasty with back-to-back crowns

Nov 17, 2019 - 6:39 PM

Flashing a Sarimanok-inspired routine, the NU Pep Squad pulls off death-defying moves to receive an arena-wide standing ovation

Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

WATCH: UAAP Cheerdance 2019 teasers and cheer tutorials

Nov 16, 2019 - 8:59 PM

Get ready to cheer loud and proud as we show our school spirit in the 2019 UAAP Cheerdance Competition

HIGHLIGHTS: 2019 UAAP Cheerdance Competition

Nov 16, 2019 - 5:23 PM

Out to restart a fallen dynasty, the NU Pep Squad hopes to wow the crowd anew in its bid for back-to-back cheerdance crowns

Aussie consumer watchdog sues Google over location data use

Oct 29, 2019 - 12:46 PM

Google is accused of making misleading on-screen representations about the location data it was collecting and when certain Google Account settings were enabled or disabled

Voicing out: UP Visayas cheering competition a platform for creative activism

Oct 24, 2019 - 11:15 AM

The annual cheering competition may be puzzling to those outside the University of the Philippines Visayas community but it’s become a part of this UP campus’ culture – a platform for the sharp wit of Ilonggo Iskolars ng Bayan

Photos courtesy of the UPV School of Technology Student Council, Gian Genoveza, and Carl Don Berwin

[ANALYSIS | Point of Law] Competition Commission: Hitting the ground running

Oct 21, 2019 - 5:30 PM

Though we are far from the promised land, the commission's significant and aggressive efforts towards achieving its mission are both valiant and promising

#HandsOffSkimmers: UP community slams attacks vs students, faculty behind viral cheer routine

Oct 20, 2019 - 2:06 PM

(UPDATED) In light of recent attacks against the Skimmers, University of the Philippines Visayas chancellor Ricardo Babaran reiterates that it cannot provide physical protection to students beyond its campus.

WATCH: U.P. Visayas students voice out national issues in cheering competition

Oct 19, 2019 - 7:09 PM

Departing from the usual, the cheer routine performed by the students from the University of the Philippines Visayas focuses on pressing national issues

PH health care, infra, institutions among worst in the world – WEF

Oct 09, 2019 - 2:00 PM

The Philippines is down 8 spots in the World Economic Forum's 2019 Global Competitiveness Report

Malaysia threatens Grab with $21-million fine

Oct 03, 2019 - 5:05 PM

The Malaysia Competition Commission proposes fining Grab almost 87 million ringgit ($21 million) for preventing its drivers from providing advertising services for the company's competitors

LEGAL. Grab Philippines maintains that the P2/minute fare charge is legal. File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Urban Deca, 8990 Holdings fined P27M for imposing internet provider on residents

Oct 02, 2019 - 11:25 AM

The companies will pay P27.1 million to the Philippine Competition Commission, marking the closure of the first abuse of dominance case in the country

Hidilyn Diaz wins bronze in 2019 world championships

Sep 21, 2019 - 8:57 AM

After a podium finish in the last two editions, Hidilyn Diaz captures another bronze in the World Weightlifting Championships to stay on track of her 2020 Olympic bid

STILL A FORCE. Filipina weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz proves yet again that she’s among the world’s best. Photo from the International Weightlifting Federation

Senate identifies 21 schools tapped to train Filipino farmers for free

Sep 07, 2019 - 3:25 PM

A portion of the P10 billion Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund is a P1 billion allocation to bankroll the free training courses of the farmers to modernize their skills

TEACHING FARMERS. A group of farmers manually thresh out the rice seeds from its stalks after the harvest. File photo by John Novis/Greenpeace

Young PH dancers bag awards at HK ballet competition

Aug 09, 2019 - 9:08 PM

PRESS RELEASE: With so many talented youths competing together, the Philippine team is a force to be reckoned with

Pinoy math wizards win 35 awards in South Africa contest

Aug 08, 2019 - 1:39 PM

PRESS RELEASE: The Philippine team wins a total of 35 awards at the 2019 South Africa International Mathematics Competition

Philippine team wins awards at International Biology Olympiad 2019

Jul 30, 2019 - 12:07 PM

Four high school students make the Philippines proud in this year's International Biology Olympiad, the premier global competition in biology

PHILIPPINE TEAM. (L-R) Team Leader Ronald Cruz; student delegates Jeremy Ng, Elizabeth Peralta, Keizo Yuda, Samuel Wood; Team Deputy Leader Crisanto Lopez

Philippines wins The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf’s 13th Asia Pacific Barista Competition

Jul 23, 2019 - 2:12 PM

The coffee and tea connoisseur brought together its best baristas from around the globe to compete for the World Champion title in Manila

PCC approves Meralco-Marubeni, BCDA joint venture

Jul 03, 2019 - 2:45 PM

The Philippine Competition Commission says the deal will not cause any substantial lessening of competition in the retail electricity supply market

POWER DISTRIBUTOR. The Philippine Competition Commission clears the joint venture between the Bases Conversion and Development Authority and the Meralco-Marubeni consortium to distribute electricity to New Clark City locators. Photo from New Clark City website

PCC speeds up review of qualified deals by 15 days

Jun 18, 2019 - 5:55 PM

The Philippine Competition Commission will fast-track the review process for certain transactions starting July 2

Aussie rider wins Le Tour Stage 3 on late run

Jun 16, 2019 - 6:17 PM

Samuel Hill nabs his first-ever stage win in a Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI)-sanctioned event

TOPPER. Australian Samuel Hill cruises to his first win in a UCI-sanctioned event. Photo from release

Swiss regulators fine banks over forex rigging 'cartels'

Jun 06, 2019 - 9:10 PM

Barclays, Citigroup, JPMorgan, MUFG Bank, and Royal Bank of Scotland are hit with fines totaling around $90 million

A logo is picture above a branch of Barclays bank in central London on July 25, 2018. (Photo by Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP)

Philippines still lags in 2019 IMD World Competitiveness Ranking

May 29, 2019 - 1:55 PM

The Philippines rises 4 spots to 46th in the 2019 IMD World Competitiveness Ranking, but it is almost last in the Asia-Pacific region

LOOK: Two Pinoy artists win James Gunn’s global 'Brightburn' fan art contest

May 24, 2019 - 3:22 PM

Out of 600 entries, winners Jaye Atienza from Pampanga and Dennis Radaza from Rizal were hand-picked by 'Guardians of the Galaxy' producer James Gunn himself

The deadly odds of pigeon racing in the Philippines

May 17, 2019 - 8:29 AM

Only 1 in 10 entries survive this brutal 600-kilometer MacArthur competition of pigeon racing or karera ng kalapati from Leyte to Manila

n this photo taken on March 25, 2019, Jaime Lim, one of the Philippines' best-known pigeon fanciers, shows one of his racing pigeons at his home in Manila. It is a brutal 600-kilometre gauntlet during which competitors face searing heat, wild seas, vicious predators, and the threat of kidnapping. This is the MacArthur competition -- the Philippines' longest homing pigeon race. It's a tough challenge for the birds and a tense affair for the owners. Ted ALJIBE / AFP

PCC approves AC Energy's acquisition of Phinma power unit

Apr 15, 2019 - 5:50 PM

The Philippine Competition Commission finds no issues with AC Energy acquiring a stake in Phinma Energy Corporation

Antitrust body files case against a condo, mass housing developer

Apr 08, 2019 - 11:40 AM

(UPDATED) 8990 Holdings subsidiary Urban Deca Homes is found violating the Philippine Competition Act by preventing its clients in a Manila property from choosing their own internet service provider

Antitrust body to aid DA in onion cartel probe

Mar 29, 2019 - 4:31 PM

The Philippine Competition Commission says it will 'examine whether there are competition concerns in the onion industry'

ONIONS FOR SALE. Local onions sold at a public market. Photo by Judgefloro/Wikimedia Commons

UAAP street dance: FEU eyes back-to-back titles

Mar 23, 2019 - 11:56 AM

The FEU Street Alliance aims for a repeat romp as the UAAP goes rocking with the street dance competition

WINNING MOVES. After a breakthrough year, the FEU Street Alliance looks to stay on top. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

New law gives qualified Filipinos free access to technical-vocational education

Mar 13, 2019 - 6:23 PM

The 'Tulong-Trabaho Act' gives funding to select technical-vocational training programs and schools so that Filipinos who wish to expand their skill set may get free training and education

Filipino teen wakeboarder bags silver in world championships

Feb 24, 2019 - 8:42 PM

Seventeen-year-old Raphael Trinidad pulls off a surprise podium finish in the 10th IWWF World Cable Wakeboard & Wakeskate Championships

SILVER. Raphael Trinidad makes waves in the men's open world championships in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Photo from IWWF Facebook

DTI, antitrust body to strengthen market competition in new partnership

Feb 15, 2019 - 8:20 PM

The long-overdue partnership is expected to produce studies scrutinizing the competitiveness of various industries

RHI Group to continue Nasugbu operations after antitrust body junks merger

Feb 15, 2019 - 2:51 PM

(UPDATED) RHI Group still believes that the consolidation of the sugar mills will improve the efficiency of operations in Batangas

SUGAR MILL. An aerial view of the Central Azucarera Don Pedro. Photo from the Roxas Holdings, Inc website

Australia watchdog tips tough rules to curb power of Google, Facebook

Feb 11, 2019 - 2:17 PM

'We cannot simply leave the production of news and journalism to market forces,' says the head of Australia's competition watchdog, in light of Google and Facebook's dominance in digital ad spend

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Philippine Pro Gaming League returns with P1.3 million prize pool

Feb 04, 2019 - 3:54 PM

'League of Legends,' 'Tekken 7,' 'Rules of Survival,' and 'Arena of Valor' are the tourney games

Illustration from PPGL 2019


Antitrust body fines Grab Philippines anew

Jan 25, 2019 - 11:50 AM

(3rd UPDATE) PCC Commissioner Johannes Bernabe explains the failure to submit the needed data 'prevented the PCC and the 3rd party body' from monitoring the pricing commitments

Japan makes console modding, save editing software illegal

Jan 04, 2019 - 8:05 PM

Japan's amendment to the Unfair Competition Prevention Act also bars the reselling of game serial codes or other software product keys

FIGHTING UNFAIR COMPETITION. Image from http://www.meti.go.jp/english/policy/economy/chizai/chiteki/index.html

Pinoy talent wins 'The One' singing competition in UAE

Jan 04, 2019 - 11:31 AM

Jovan Aquino is named the winner during the finals night held in Dubai

FEELING GOOD. Jovan Aquino wins 'The One' singing competition in Dubai. Photo from Instagram.com/jovanaquino

Learning to play chess

Dec 29, 2018 - 5:14 PM

I am telling this story because this is how I finally understood how I came to truly appreciate identifying as a Bangsamoro

Pinoy science docus reap awards in 3rd Indie-Siyensya film contest

Dec 06, 2018 - 5:29 PM

PRESS RELEASE: 7 films earn the nod of judges and selected viewers in the 3rd Indie-Siyensya Filmmaking Competition

Heartbreak healed: NU Pep Squad completes comeback

Nov 17, 2018 - 9:51 PM

Everyone expected the elite program to bounce back, and that’s exactly what they did

TOP DOG. The NU Pep Squad marches back to the UAAP cheerdance throne. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler