President Duterte’s baseless and unconstitutional threat to “expropriate” telco giants Globe Telecom and Smart Communications would give third telco player DITO Telecommunity “undue advantage over the market,” said advocacy group Tagapagtanggol ng Watawat.

“We also note that if the government were to take over Smart and Globe, the only private competitor left would be DITO Telecommunity, the company of President Duterte’s campaign financier Dennis Uy, which is currently being built up as the third telco player,” the group stressed.

In his latest State of the Nation Address (SONA), Duterte called out the telco giants to improve their services by December but never mentioned DITO’s failure to meet its committed number of cell towers in July, leading it to request for a new technical audit schedule on July 8.



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