Senate to investigate credit card fraud, unauthorized bank transactions

Senator Win Gatchalian said the Senate will proceed in its investigation on credit card fraud and other unauthorized bank transactions as existing laws show lack of necessary mechanisms to protect consumers from nefarious individuals.   “Mula noong ibinunyag natin ang pambibiktima sa aking credit card hanggang ngayon ay hindi humihinto ang pagdagsa ng mga reklamo […]

BSP should investigate banks violating debt moratorium

Expressing concern over the reported non-compliance of some banks to the debt moratorium, Senator Win Gatchalian is calling on the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) to investigate erring banks and make sure that they comply with the provisions under the Bayanihan 1 and 2 laws.   As the country’s regulator of the banking industry, the […]

To telcos: Hasten mobile number portability implementation or face sanctions

Senator Win Gatchalian issued a stern warning to the telecommunications companies against attempts to further delay the already forestalled implementation of the Mobile Number Portability Act (MNPA), saying that they will be meted out with appropriate penalties.   The MNPA, otherwise known as Republic Act No. 11202 or the Act Requiring Mobile Service Providers To […]

Ban on expiry dates of prepaid internet, cellphone load credits needed

Senator Win Gatchalian called on colleagues to have the bill seeking to lift the validity period of prepaid load credits for phones and internet services tackled in the Senate.   “The harsh reality in this era of coronavirus pandemic is that we rely on information and communication technologies (ICT) in our daily life. And for […]

To online platforms: Take a hard line stance vs. merchants’ deceptive, prohibited practices

Senator Win Gatchalian said that reports on consumer products with hazardous chemicals that continue to flood online platforms should set off alarm bells to concerned authorities.   The senator said online platforms should be more aggressive in going after deceptive, prohibited, and unconscionable sales and practices. EcoWaste Coalition claimed that mercury-laden products are being sold […]

We need to strengthen safeguards vs. sale of counterfeit goods in online market

Senator Win Gatchalian said the booming online business and growing paperless transactions following the lockdowns across the country due to the coronavirus pandemic has spawned the need to further safeguard against fraudulent traders and sale of counterfeit items.   “The very nature of online business which has borderless market, unlike the traditional brick and mortar […]

‘Internet Transactions Act’ pushed to protect consumers

Given the radical change in the country’s business climate with more online businesses registering, Senator Win Gatchalian is pushing for the ‘Internet Transactions Act’ to put in place strict regulations to protect consumers from unethical and unscrupulous business practices on the internet.   Gatchalian’s Senate Bill 1591 aims to update the country’s regulatory environment to […]

Revolutionary government could disturb PH fiscal position

Senator Win Gatchalian criticized groups calling for a revolutionary government in the midst of a deep and prolonged crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic.   A group, composed of President Duterte’s supporters, is calling for a revolutionary government which will push for a shift to a federal form of government. Gatchalian pointed out that even […]

Full support for reduced telco cell site application process

Senator Win Gatchalian expresses support for the Bicameral Conference Committee’s adopted version to reduce the process of application for telecommunication companies to build more cell towers.   Gatchalian said trimming down permit requirements to only one, which is the building permit, will expedite the existing procedure to improve the country’s digital infrastructure. “There’s a sense […]