“To PLDT. Just drop that roaming partnership shit with China and Vietnam. You fuckers are making my work harder. I don’t give 2 shits what your business plan is for that arrangement. Drop it before I visit you,” Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddy Locsin said in a tweet June 10.
This is after media personnel and government officials visiting Pag-asa Island were welcomed by roaming messages from Chinese and Vietnamese telcos.
PLDT and Smart Communications spokesperson Ramon Isberto said “if a Smart subscriber goes to, for example, Hanoi in Vietnam, kapag nag-landing po siya doon, he will receive a text message welcoming him to Hanoi or to Vietnam because iyong mobile operator po doon is our roaming partner.”
“So, what does that mean? Mayroong signal po iyong mga operators doon in that area of the West Philippine Sea, particularly in that area around Pag-asa Island kaya po na-pick up po nila ng signal at nakatanggap po sila ng roaming welcome message,” Isberto added.
However, in report by ABS-CBN News, Isberto said PLDT is aiming to restore signal on Pag-asa by the end of the week. He said that the tower malfunctioned before the COVID-19 lockdown and restrictions made it difficult to reach the island for repairs.