The Palace assured lawmakers that the Department of National Defense’s (DND) decision to allow China-backed third telco player DITO Telecommunity to install cell towers inside Philippine military camps would not compromise national security.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque stressed that the government aims to better the country’s connectivity, in which DITO can contribute. Roque added that the two other giant telcos could use the cell towers inside the military camps, not just DITO.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana announced last week that he signed the agreement with DITO to build cell towers in select military camps, adding that the telco can only set up in areas where Globe and Smart have already put up theirs.

The move triggered criticisms from lawmakers and concerned groups about the probability of Chinese espionage that would lead to a breach of security.

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