Executives from Chevron’s unit in the Philippines are facing arrest for alleged monopolies and restraint of trade.
An arrest warrant has been issued by a Pasay City court, a report by the Manila Standard Today said.
There is also an ongoing manhunt for the defendants by the National Bureau of Investigation.
Those named in the report are Chevron officials Timothy D. Leveille, Rebecca A. Alivio, Steven T. Mulvaney, Aner M. Anda, Randall H. Johnson, Armando Diaz, Glenn A. Lynch, Leo Vasco G. Dagamac and Husain Shibly Latiff.
Other Chevron officials were already charged for the same offenses and have posted bail.
The report identified them as Ramon R. Ortiz, Frumencio A. Deguito, Carlito G. Lopez, Carol A. Bautista and Rafael C. Medina Jr.
The Pasay City Regional Trial Court, Branch 114, issued a “hold departure order” (HDO) against the Chevron executives.
The case stemmed from a complaint filed against Chevron by the Petroleum Distributions and Services Corporation (PDSC), a Filipino-owned small gasoline dealer company presently based in Pasay City.
PDSC was still a dealer of Chevron when it found in 2003 that the oil company was giving preferential discounts in the prices of its products to gasoline stations owned by the oil giant, otherwise known as Company Owned, Company Operated (COCO) stations, the Manila Standard Today said.
“This is one of the very rare occasions where a David represented by a small Filipino business company is putting up a fight against a Goliath in the person of a mighty oil corporation in the name of genuinely free and honest trade,” Conrad Limcaco, president of PDSC, said.
Chevron is one of the largest investors in the Philippines, with more than $2 billion in capital investments.
It markets Caltex® fuels, lubricants and petroleum products in the Philippines through a network of service stations, terminals and sales offices.