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The Philippines Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has announced its intention to block local access to Binance, enforcing the SEC’s ban on the exchange due to its failure to obtain the necessary license to operate in the country. The SEC filed a request with the National Telecommunication Commission to block access to Binance’s website and applications. In addition, the SEC has requested Google and Meta to block all marketing campaigns related to Binance in the Philippines, citing violations of securities regulations. Filipino traders will have a three-month period to close their investment positions held on Binance in response to the ban.

The Philippines SEC’s ban on Binance is part of a broader regulatory crackdown on the exchange, which has faced increasing scrutiny worldwide. In 2023, the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) charged Binance with operating an illegal digital asset derivatives exchange and evading federal laws. The US Securities and Exchange Commission also charged Binance Holdings LTD and former CEO Changpeng Zhao (CZ) for operating unregistered exchanges and other violations. Binance and CZ pleaded guilty to federal charges, including anti-money laundering violations and unlicensed money transmission, leading to CZ’s resignation as CEO and a multi-billion dollar settlement with US regulators.

The ban on Binance in the Philippines is a warning to other unregulated exchanges operating within the country to comply with local securities laws. The SEC has emphasized the importance of protecting Filipino investors and ensuring the security of their funds. The ban on Binance comes after the SEC issued a warning notice to the exchange in 2023, and follows similar regulatory actions taken against the exchange in other jurisdictions. Binance’s failure to obtain the necessary licenses and its alleged violations of securities regulations have led to a series of legal challenges and settlements with regulators around the world.

The Philippines SEC’s ban on Binance is aimed at preventing Filipino investors from accessing the exchange’s services and protecting them from potential risks. The SEC has warned individuals acting as salesmen, promoters, or influencers for Binance that they may be held criminally liable for their involvement in promoting the exchange’s services. The ban is expected to be implemented within a three-month period, giving traders time to close their positions on Binance. The SEC believes that Filipino investors’ continued access to Binance poses a threat to the security of their funds, underscoring the importance of regulatory compliance in the cryptocurrency industry.

In response to the Philippines SEC’s ban on Binance, the exchange faces additional challenges in complying with regulatory requirements and addressing legal issues in various jurisdictions. Binance’s regulatory difficulties are part of a broader trend of increased oversight and enforcement actions against cryptocurrency exchanges and platforms globally. The ban on Binance in the Philippines reflects a growing concern among regulators about the potential risks and vulnerabilities associated with the cryptocurrency market. The exchange will need to address these regulatory challenges and demonstrate its commitment to compliance in order to continue operating in the Philippines and other jurisdictions.

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