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Hawak ‘yan ni Xi! Pangilinan: China can spy on PH using Dennis Uy’s Dito telco In

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China can easily obtain highly classified information about the government because of the agreement signed by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) with Dito Telecommunity Corp. for the construction of facilities inside military camps, Senator Francis Pangilinan said Monday (September 16).

In an interview over ANC’s “Headstart,” Pangilinan said the deal between the AFP and Dito is a national security concern that has grave implications for the country.

Dito, previously known as Mislatel, is a consortium of Davao businessman Dennis Uy’s Udenna Corporation and its subsidiary Chelsea Logistics Corporation, and Chinese state-owned China Telecommunications Corporation, a parent company of China Telecom.

Pangilinan said China Telecom could be compelled by the Chinese state to turn over information it obtains from its business in the Philippines because of China’s National Intelligence Law of 2017 and the Counter-Espionage Law of 2014.

Both laws, the senator explained, compel private organizations and citizens to cooperate in intelligence gathering operations by the Chinese state.

“China Telecom is an organization. It is a Chinese company. What if the Chinese government says, ‘Oh, meron kayong access diyan. You are mandated to turn over information to us because we have the Counter-Espionage Law and we have the National Intelligence Law,’” he said.

Pangilinan cited as proof of China’s control over companies the pressure it exerted on carrier Cathay Pacific to turn over the names of its employees who participated in the Hong Kong protests.

“Nag-resign iyong CEO ng Cathay Pacific dahil hinihingi sa kanila iyong listahan ng lahat ng kanilang mga empleyado na nagparticipate sa mga rally. And this is Hong Kong,” he said.

Pangilinan said other countries such as Australia, the United States, Japan and New Zealand have already banned Chinese telecom giant Huawei due to security concerns.

“Ang concern: gagamitin nung Chinese government yung information na nakukuha [at] dumadaan doon sa kanilang mga sistema para itulak ang interes ng China,” he said.

Pangilinan said he will ask defense officials about the terms of the agreement when the Senate discusses the Department of National Defense’s proposed budget for 2020.

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