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Philippine antitrust watchdog asks Duterte for big personnel boost

Chairman braces for 'deluge' of complaints now that grace period is over

PCC Chairman Arsenio Balisacan (Photo by Kimberly Dela Cruz)

MANILA -- The Philippines' antitrust watchdog plans to significantly bolster its manpower as it braces for a "deluge" of complaints on monopolies, cartels and other anti-competitive practices.

"We are submitting a proposal to the Office of the President for an additional 140 items to build up our organization, especially in the enforcement [department]," Philippine Competition Commission Chairman Arsenio Balisacan said in a Sept. 15 interview with the Nikkei Asian Review.

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