Supreme Court issues rule on "dawn raids"
Updated: Jan 9, 2020
The “Rule on Administrative Search and Inspection under the Philippine Competition Act” (A.M. No. 19-08-06-SC) has been approved by the Supreme Court on Sept. 10, 2019.
Taking effect on Nov. 16, 2019 following its publication, this Rule sets out the procedures for obtaining and enforcing an inspection order.
An inspection order authorizes the Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) -- and any law enforcement agency deputized by the PCC to assist in the execution of the order -- to search and inspect business premises and other offices, land, and vehicles, for information to be examined, copied, photographed, recorded, or printed, in order to prevent the removal, concealment, tampering with, or destruction of such information.
This information shall include books, tax records, documents, photographs, databases, electronically stored information, etc., which relate to any matter relevant to the administrative investigation covered by this Rule.
The Rule can be found here: http://sc.judiciary.gov.ph/7739/