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The Philippines pushes back against foreign exchanges, continuing a protectionist streak

Published 08/19/2022, 07:38 AM
Updated 08/21/2022, 01:40 PM
The Philippines pushes back against foreign exchanges, continuing a protectionist streak

The pressure on crypto is growing swiftly in the Philippines. After a recent series of controversial moves from the state regulators and local think tanks, the country’s central bank published a warning to the citizens, discouraging them from engaging in any operations with unregistered or foreign crypto exchanges. The announcement itself doesn’t sound menacing but taken in the context of accompanying developments, it makes a 112-million nation a restive region for crypto.

On Thursday, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) published a warning note to the country’s citizens, “strongly urging” them not to deal with virtual asset service providers (VASPs) that are either unregistered or domiciled abroad.

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