Tagged: Philippines

Former Philippine Vice Mayor Arrested for Alleged Role in Standard and Crypto Investment Scams

A former vice mayor of the Philippine city Cagayan de Oro has been arrested for his alleged involvement in an investment scam in Cebu, and is also known for being “visible” at events hosted by another scheme called Freedom Traders Club (FTC), which sold a… Read More

Report: Southeast Asia’s Growing Internet Economy Is Driving Fintech Adoption

Southeast Asia’s internet and e-commerce economy is growing steadily due to the widespread use of mobile phones. The region’s middle class has also been growing, according to a recent report compiled by Google, Temasek and Bain & Company. Published earlier this month, the e-Conomy SEA… Read More

Philippines Suspends Three Crypto Exchanges Operating Outside of Designated Zone

Officials from the Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (CEZA) have suspended three cryptocurrency exchanges licensed to operate in designated zones only but found to be operating in Metro Manila. Golden Millennial Quickpay, Liannet Technology Ltd and Asia Premier are all under suspension, “…until they transfer to… Read More

277 Chinese Nationals Arrested in Philippines for Pervading Alleged Crypto Scam

On a tip from authorities in China, police in the Philippines have arrested 277 people they believe pervaded a cryptocurrency scam that defrauded at least 1000 Chinese nationals, Business Inquirer reports. The scheme reportedly emanated from a company called Golden Millennial Quickpay Inc. Ltd., an offshore… Read More

Philippine Central Bankers Cautious Regarding Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies

Philippine Central Bank (Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas or BSP) personnel urged caution regarding the use of cryptocurrencies this week and promised to continue to address the risks posed by them, The Philippine Star reports. Governor Benjamin Diokno said he is wary of cryptocurrencies given that they… Read More

BitMEX Invests in Philippine Cryptocurrency Exchange PDAX

BitMEX Ventures, the investment arm the BitMEX crypto exchange (HDR Global Trading Ltd), has invested in Philippine Digital Asset Exchange (PDAX), a cryptocurrency exchange based in the Philippines. Terms of the investment were not disclosed. In a release, BitMEX said its investment will help strengthen… Read More

Asia Crypto-Law Round Up

Asia Business Law Journal (ABLJ) has published a comprehensive article on the current state of crypto law in Asia. Here, we provide a summary of the most salient point presented by ABLJ from each region. Philippines According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Global growth… Read More

Investigation Questions the Nature and Soundness of Wirecard Asian Partnerships

An on-the-ground investigation by London news outlet Financial Times has shown that several payment referral partnerships maintained by German payments giant Wirecard in the Philippines are either insubstantial or dubious. On Friday, it was revealed that a top accounting executive with the firm had departed…. Read More

Robo.cash Funds €2.4 Million of Philippine Loans Since Integration with Philippine Loan Originator in December 2018

Peer to peer lender Robo.cash announced on Monday it has funded €2.4 million of Philippine loans. Robo.cash reported that this is the highest volume of financed loans among all loan originators of Robocash Group for the first three months after the integration with the P2P… Read More

P2P Platform Robo.cash Adds First Southeast Asian Lender

Robo.cash, a peer to peer lending company with a portfolio of platforms, says it has been joined by its first lending company in Southeast Asia Robocash Finance Corp. Investors may now fund Philippine short-term consumer loans in EUR with an annual return of up to… Read More

First Circle, a Philippine-based Fintech, Preps to Launch New SME Targeted Credit Facility with Support of Government

First Circle, a Philippine Fintech, is expected to announce a new credit facility for SMEs nationwide. This new facility has gained the support of the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP). First Circle is an online lender… Read More

Philippine SEC Official Says Rules to Govern Crypto Exchanges Expected This Week

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Philippine SEC Commissioner Ephyro Luis Amatong has stated that regulators expect to release draft rules governing cryptocurrency exchanges by the end of this week, Manila Times reports. “We see the need to regulate them as trading platforms,” he said. As part of the rule-determination process,… Read More

Rural Philippine Banks Testing Ethereum Payments System

In many parts of the Philippines, you’re more likely to encounter a remittance house like Western Union than a bank branch. Cash arrives from abroad, but the access to business loans and mortgages needed to build a self-sustaining economic base are hard to come by…. Read More

Philippines SEC Issues Cease & Desist for KROPS ICO: “The World’s First Agriculture Marketplace Crypto Equity ICO”

The KROPS Initial Coin Offering has received a Cease & Desist (C&D) from the Philippines Securities and Exchange Commission. The C&D, embedded below, demands the immediate halt to the sale of KROPS Tokens or KropCoins. The SEC states the company has not filed the necessary… Read More

Hero Plans Initial Coin Offering: Financial Return & Social Impact with Affordable & Available Access to Credit

The Future of Banking is Blockchain and Hero Wants to be the One Hero, part of the PawnHero online lending platform, is preparing an Initial Coin Offering (ICO). You may read the white paper in English here.  PawnHero is an already successful secured lending platform… Read More

SE Asia Blockchain Mobile Payments Platform Coins Raises $5 Million from Naspers

Coins, a Philippines-based blockchain mobile payments platform that services Southeast Asia, announced it had secured US $5 million in funding from Naspers, according to an article on Techcrunch. Naspers, which is based in South Africa, is one of the world’s largest investors in tech. The… Read More

Seedstars Awards Fintech Acudeen with $500,000 Grand Prize

The Fintech firm Acudeen Technologies has beat out its fourteen other competitors at the Seedstars World 2017 pitch competition and came home with the $500,000 grand prize. The Philippines based company wowed the judges with their new approach for assisting startups in their acquisition of… Read More

Peppermint Innovation Provides Services for Unbanked Filipinos

Peppermint Innovation is a Fintech firm focused on the commercialisation of a mobile banking, payments and remittance technology, designed for banks and other institutions. The company’s vision is to provide mobile payments, money services, and remittances to anyone and to anywhere in the world. Founded… Read More

Philippines: Central Bank Will Regulate Bitcoin, Virtual Currencies

The central bank in the Philippines laid down regulations last week for virtual currencies, including bitcoin. Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) was prompted by the surge in the number of money transfers across borders.  More specifically, the financial body is looking to mitigate risks, such as… Read More

Remittance Service Platforms in Singapore Aim to Lower Costs & Increase Access

Economic migrants rely on remittances to ensure that their families are well off at home and to maintain ties to their home countries.  Fees imposed by big banks and traditional remittance institutions eat into foreign workers’ hard-earned incomes, however, so startups focused on money transfers… Read More

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