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China Telecom a choice between duopoly, nat’l security — Lacson

By: - Reporter / @MAgerINQ
/ 10:15 AM December 20, 2017
Sen. Panfilo Lacson INQUIRER.net file photo

Sen. Panfilo Lacson INQUIRER.net file photo

For Senator Panfilo Lacson, the impending entry of China Telecom in the Philippines is a “choice between duopoly and national security.”

Lacson, who once served as police chief during the time of former president and Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, took to social media on Wednesday to slam the telecom company’s entry in the country.

“China Telecom: the heck of a choice between duopoly and national security. One is doom; the other, doomier,” the senator wrote on Twitter.

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“Isn’t there a third alternative?” he asked.

Lacson’s remark came just a day after presidential spokesperson Harry Roque announced that President Rodrigo Duterte wanted China Telecom to start operating in the Philippines by first quarter of 2018.

Roque said the President had already directed the Department of Information and Communications Technology as well as the National Telecommunications Commission to ensure that the third telecom provider would be “up and about by the first quarter of 2018.”

“That’s how serious the President is on the entry of a third telecoms player,” the spokesman said. /je

READ: Duterte wants telco duopoly broken by March

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