Palace assures integrity of vital installations from foreign intrusion

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014


MALACANANG on Tuesday assured that the country's telecommunications and energy sectors are free from any form of control or intrusion by foreign countries, particularly China.

As the dispute in the West Philippine Sea heightens, it is feared that Chinese companies or the Chinese government, which have investments in the Philippines, might be controlling and intruding in the country's vital installations.

Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said a former official of the Department of Energy has assured him that the government has already taken sufficient measures to ensure the integrity of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP). The corporation has a contractual agreement with a Chinese service provider.

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"At all times, Filipino managers and officials are in control of the important operations of the NGCP. So that is what we have done with respect to that. The same holds for your concern, the telecommunication sector," Coloma said in a press briefing.

"We have a National Telecommunications Commission that is doing the necessary steps to ensure the integrity of our telecom system," he added.

Issues have also been raised regarding the influx of Chinese nationals in the Philippines, with some groups asking the government to review the country's old immigration law.

"We have ascertained the parameters of our immigration law, and our Bureau of Immigration and Deportation is committed to uphold this law effectively and decisively," Coloma said.

Tensions have been rising in the disputed territories in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), particularly with China's more aggressive stance in recent years.

Last Saturday, China tried to block a Philippine supply ship from reaching a military position in the Ayungin Shoal.

The Philippines over the weekend filed a memorial or a written pleading to the international arbitral tribunal, supporting the country's claim in the West Philippine Sea. (SDR/Sunnex)

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