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Palace vows: No security breach in military deal with Chinese-linked telco

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By Prince Golez

Malacañang on Wednesday assured the agreement between the Armed Forces of the Philippines and Dito Telecommunity that would allow the country’s third telco to build facilities in military camps won’t lead to breaches in security.

“We are confident there would be no breach in security as safeguard measures would be put in place as a matter and part of security protocols,” according to Communications Secretary Martin Andanar.

Andanar said these measure may include “strict security clearances to individuals and information to ensure that no unauthorized data can enter or get out of military facilities where cell sites would be installed.”

Concerned agencies, specifically the Department of Information and Communications Technology, also guaranteed that the concerns have been thoroughly addressed by security and information technology experts, he added.

“The Constitution is very clear: The prime duty of the Government is to serve and protect the people. To serve and protect covers safeguarding their interests, such as security and cybersecurity interests,” Andanar concluded.

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