Prioritize national security in choosing 3rd telco player: Poe

Security & Defense

Senator Grace Poe, Senate committee on public services chair, expressed that national security should not be set aside in choosing the third telco player. Poe led an explanatory hearing on the government’s search for a third telecommunications service provider.

She said that national security concerns need to be seriously considered in the selection of the third telco amid spying fears on the government and Filipino citizens.

“Ang seguridad ng ating bansa ay pangunahin din na inyong titingnan. Hindi basta-basta na may namuhunang dayuhan ay mawawalan na tayo ng awtoridad na inspeksyunin na sila ay hindi nagba-violate sa ating mga batas,” said Poe.


It was revealed during the hearing that among the interested firms are China Telecommunications Corp., Philippine Telegraph and Telephone Corp. (PT&T), NOW Telecom Inc., Telenor Asa Group, Udenna Corp. (Converge ICT), LCS Group of Companies and TierOne Communications, Mobitel Holding GmBH, and an undisclosed bidder.

“Kaya nga sinuspend ko ang hearing na ito dahil ‘pag na-award na nila ito ng November 7, ang pipiliin nilang kumpanya ay dapat malinaw na malinaw na makapasa doon sa security evaluation natin. Kaya nga ang isa sa miyembro ng oversight committee ay si [Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana], dahil dapat masigurado na kung sinumang bansa ang mananalo din diyan sa bidding na ‘yan ay mayroong kasunduan talaga sa atin na ‘pag nahuli natin sila na bina-violate ang ating national security policies ay maaaring bawiin sa kanila itong magiging permit na magkaroon sila ng prangkisa dito sa atin,” she explained.


Source: http://senate.gov.ph/press_release/2018/1022_poe3.asp