Senate President Vicente Sotto III told the public not to worry about the deal with the China-backed DITO Telecommunity allowing it to install facilities inside military camps, stressing the grounds that the third telco’s rivals, PLDT and Globe Telecom, also have the similar infrastructures in the same areas.

Countering the premise that a China-state telco backs DITO Telecommunity, Sotto argued that the two telco giants have been tapping Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. for 5G equipment.

Globe and PLDT, however, are co-owned by foreign companies not owned by China, according to former Associate Justice Antonio Carpio in a separate statement. Carpio explained there’s no problem with these foreign entities as they don’t have any territorial conflicts with the Philippines.

“We don’t have that problem with Globe’s SingTel with PLDT’s Indonesian, because we don’t have any territorial disputes with them, so it’s unique with DITO,” Carpio explained in a webinar hosted by the Philippine Bar Association titled “Telco Talks.”

The former magistrate added that the Chinese telecom behind DITO is state-owned, a company required by the Chinese law to cooperate with the “intelligent services in China.” Telecommunication companies deal with data and communications, distinct from Huawei partnerships with Globe and PLDT that only require equipment.

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