Monday, February 21, 2011


Following her lecture on anti-trust in the Senate Public Forum, Atty. Lorna Patajo-Kapunan appeared as a guest at NBN 4's "The Morning Show" this morning to discuss the plight of Filipino small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) and Filipino distributors under the existing anti-trust policy in the country.

During the show, which aired live at 7:00 a.m. this morning, Atty. Kapunan spoke of the "bullying" that Filipino SMEs have to endure under existing distributorship agreements with large multinationals (MNCs). She discussed the pending Senate bills on anti-trust as authored by Senators Sergio Osmena III and Juan Ponce Enrile. Atty. Kapunan highlighted the important thrusts of these proposed bills - the setting up of a Fair Trade Commission, a special force to monitor trade violations, and the imposition of higher and stiffer penalties.

Atty. Kapunan also mentioned how agencies like the Department of Trade of Industry has chosen to "wash" their hands off the matter, particularly with respect to a pending case against Nestle Philippines, by passing the buck to the Department of Justice. The litigator pointed out that DTI is the agency with the expertise and mandate to oversee, monitor and ensure compliance with existing trade laws.

Atty. Kapunan further compared our existing anti-trust policy with that of countries like the U.S. and Switzerland, and thanked programs such as "The Morning Show" for highlighting the problem. The host, Veronica Baluyut-Jimenez, urged the public to constantly monitor our legislators, particularly with respect to the proposed anti-trust bills, so that they do not remain merely laws "on paper." Baluyut-Jimenez likened Atty. Kapunan as David going up against Goliath (i.e. large MNCs) and lauded the lady lawyer on her crusade.

The morning news show airs at 7:00 a.m. every day and is hosted by noted broadcasters Veronica Baluyut-Jimenez and Aljo Bendijo.

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