DITO Telecommunity maintained it would not allow any of its non-Filipino personnel to carry out work inside military bases, but a party-list group revealed that the third telco player will employ a subcontractor linked to a Beijing-run Chinese company to construct its facilities.

Leo Technologies Infrastructure, the tower construction company for China-backed DITO, is a subsidiary of China Bester Telecom in China’s Wuhan City, said Bayan Muna Rep. Ferdinand Gaite and Chairperson Neri Colmenares.

Bayan Muna is now questioning the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Department of National Defense (DND) if they are aware of this.

“Now, we are informed that the company actually building these towers is fully owned by China. In fact, we found out that China Bester has been previously contracted to build fiber-optic networks for homes in the Philippines. Worse, the China Energy Equipment Co., another Chinese company contracted by DITO to construct its towers, is also a fully owned company from China,” Colmenares pointed out.

China Energy Equipment Co. is a company under the China Energy Engineering Corporation (CEEC). The latter is also involved in the construction of the controversial Kaliwa Dam project, which has been flagged by the Commission on Audit (COA) for its questionable bidding process and by various groups for the potential displacement of indigenous communities.

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