Should the China-backed third telco player got caught activities of espionage, DITO Telecommunity said the memorandum of agreement (MOA) would be “immediately terminated.”
While the telco itself remains not trustworthy to many, DITO Chief Administrative Officer Adel Tamano said that people should instead trust the agreement itself that prohibits the act of spying or intelligence gathering.
Under the MOA, it also specified that non-Filipino personnel wouldn’t be given access to military camps to further eliminate risks, as per DITO Chief Technology Officer Ret. Maj. General Rodolfo Santiago.
AFP will be fully in charge of site access, while Filipino workers, mentored by Chinese advisers, will be handling the construction of its facilities, said DITO.
The memorandum of agreement for DITO Telecommunity to build cell towers in select military camps has been plagued with concerns about potential espionage and other national security risks following its confirmed approval by Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana.