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Ako Bicol partylist Representative Rodel Batocabe. congress.gov.ph

MANILA, Philippines – A lawmaker at the House of Representatives is urging Malacañang to open the bidding for the National Broadband Network (NBN) to other countries, according to a report on 990AM Tuesday.

Ako Bicol partylist Representative Rodel Batocabe, a pro-administration legislator, issued the statement amid reported plans by the government to revive the NBN project, which called for the installation of a telecommunications network linking government offices throughout the country.

The Arroyo administration forged a $329 million agreement with China’s ZTE Corp. to implement the broadband project. The deal, allegedly overpriced by about $130 million, was later scrapped by then president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Then Commission on Elections chairman Benjamin Abalos, who allegedly offered bribes to government and non-government officials to facilitate the approval of the project, resigned.

Graft charges were filed against Arroyo and former First Gentleman Jose Miguel “Mike” Arroyo, but the Office of the Ombudsman threw out the cases, saying the former president was immune from suit and there was no evidence against her husband.

For the report, listen to 990AM.

Danica Hermogenes, INQUIRER.net


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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HUE7BZXUJ7I5AFIBEPSIBONAHA Alfred A

    Our loan/grant will never be approved if the supplier/contractor is not from China. This is a SOP, where the money comes so will be the supplier/contractor. Same with US and/or Japan loan/grant…
    Like the old proverb that says : Beggars can’t be choosers….

  • http://inquirer.net unokritiko

    With so many hustles and tustles in the philippines no other countries are willing to make a contract with PI. I believe buying materials and equipment from them will be more agreable to countries does not anymore respect the philippines in terms of business dealings.
    Only foolish mafia  businessman makes a deal with P I!!!!

  • Hazel Gulmatico-Hernandez

    Isn’t it against the constitution for a media company to be owned by foreigners?

  • http://joboni96.myopenid.com/ joboni96

    bakit ipapagawa na naman ito sa dayuhan
    ang daming may kakayanan na pilipino
    sa universities, colleges, gobyerno at private sector

    gawin na fully government implemented project ito at
    huwag ng idagdag pa yang profits ng negosyante sa cost

    o kaya ipa bid sa private telecoms
    kaya dapat bawalan ang pldt-digitel merger
    para walang monopolya

    madaming low cost capable solutions
    na pwedeng gamitin
    at pilipino ang gagawa

    tapusin na ang privatization approach
    ni aroyo
    nakakahirap at nakakamangmang

  • Anonymous

    BAKIT KAILANGAN NA TAGA IBANG COUNTRY PA YUNG GAGAWA. E KAYA NAMAN ITO NG ATING MGA LOCAL TELCO. DEKADA NA SILANG SANAY SA PAG LATAG NG FIBER CABLES, MICROWAVE LINKS, DOMESTIC FIBER, WIRELESS, SA NGAYUN NGA NAGAGAWA NA NG ORDINAYUNG IT TECHNICIAN LANG NATIN ANG MAG INSTALL NG BRIDGE NETWORK CONNECTING INTERTOWN NG ISANG PROBINSYA. TAPOS PAPAGAWA PA NATIN SA IBA. HINDI NAMAN BOBO ANG MGA PINOY SA MGA GANITONG TECHNOLOHIYA. ANG HIRAP KASI NGA MGA PINOY WALANG TIWALA SA KAKAYANAN NG KAPWA NYA PINOY. SA TOTOO LANG KAYANG KAYA ITONG GAWIN NG LOCAL COMPANIES NATIN. EWAN KO BA SA GOBYERNO NATIN. AYUS YAN CHINA ANG PAGAWA NYO PARA LAHAT NG GOVERMENT TRANSACTION NATIN MAY COPYA ANG CHINA.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BAILOH47IAC7D2XUDC7AQSSIU4 Wee

    Ay naku. Let the private sector supply the broadband needs of government. Government has limited resources to compete on the fast changing telecom-IT sector. Lets watch out, baka meron nanaman affiliated with the powers that be who want to do a Abalos and Zte. Open to other countries ang bidding? Same story like ZTE.  Hayan, because our justice system is slow, this invites robbers to launch a second attack because ZTE almost got away with it. And Im sure the robbers this time learned to pull the stops.

  • Pablo Juan

    instead of opening it to other players, I suggest our government just close it to everybody, including the chinese.  This is a project that will just be a white elephant and source of corruption.  Hay naku talaga.. if the chinese want to invest tell to build the pan-mindanao superhighway instead.. that project will do a lot of good in distributing wealth there para matapos na yang kalokohan ng mga hambog na mga warlords.. ie the likes of the ampatuans and pangandamans.



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