Third telco bid­ding: Palace down­plays Duterte-Uy link

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MANILA – Mala­cañang yes­ter­day down­played the close ties be­tween Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte and busi­ness­man Den­nis Uy, af­ter the lat­ter’s joint ven­ture emerged as the coun­try’s “pro­vi­sional” new ma­jor telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions player.

The gov­ern­ment on Wed­nes­day, Novem­ber 7, se­lected Mis­la­tel as the third telco player that would go against PLDT Inc. and Globe Tele­com. Mis­la­tel in­cludes China Tele­com, and Uy’s Udena Corp. and Chelsea Lo­gis­tics.

Pres­i­den­tial Spokesper­son Sal­vador Panelo said the se­lec­tion of Uy’s con­sor­tium un­der­went the proper bid­ding process and the Pres­i­dent did not in­ter­vene.

“I think it’s a base­less as­sump­tion given the char­ac­ter of this Pres­i­dent. It is far­fetched. Re­la­tion­ship, al­liances, friend­ships do not mat­ter with this pres­i­dent. ‘You fol­low the law, I’ll be with you. You don’t fol­low the law, I’m against you,’” Panelo said in a Palace news con­fer­ence.

“The Pres­i­dent’s pol­icy is not to in­ter­fere with his de­part­ments. The pres­i­dent has noth­ing to do with any of those bid­dings, or ne­go­ti­a­tion of con­tracts.”

Uy, pres­i­dent and chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of Phoenix Petroleum, and his wife Ch­ery­lyn gave a to­tal of P31 mil­lion in cash to the Duterte cam­paign as shown in the pres­i­dent’s State­ment of Con­tri­bu­tions and Ex­pen­di­tures (SOCE).

Panelo said while Mis­la­tel emerged as the pro­vi­sional new ma­jor telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions player, the other bid­ders still have the chance to ap­peal their bids.

Mis­la­tel beat Tier1, backed by for­mer Ilo­cos Sur Gov­er­nor Luis “Chavit” Sing­son, and Philip­pine Tele­graph and Tele­phone Corp. (PT&T).

Sing­son’s group and PT&T were dis­qual­i­fied for fail­ing to meet all the bid­ding re­quire­ments.

Depart­ment of In­for­ma­tion and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Tech­nol­ogy (DICT) Of­fi­cer-in-Charge Eliseo Rio said he was con­fi­dent that the gov­ern­ment can rule on the los­ing bid­ders’ ap­peals within the month and give a fi­nal de­ci­sion on the win­ner of the se­lec­tion process.

Rio also de­fended the se­lec­tion process against spec­u­la­tions that the joint ven­ture of Uy and China Tele­com was fa­vored.

“‘Yung gi­nawa nam­ing com­puter pro­gram, wala kami ta­la­gang dis­cre­tion, we can’t sub­tract or deduct or add any­thing to what they’ve in­puted. ‘Yung lum­abas ‘yung re­sult ito na ang re­sult,” he said.

“Wala po,” he said when asked if he re­ceived a call from the Mala­cañang.

Mis­la­tel said its “im­me­di­ate pri­or­ity will be to pre­pare and to con­sol­i­date all the re­quired re­sources in or­der to pro­vide the best telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions ser­vices that Filipinos have been as­pir­ing for.”

One of China’s big­gest car­ri­ers, China Tele­com boasts of 281.6 mil­lion sub­scribers at the end of the first half of 2018, of which 217.3 mil­lion are on 3G. Its to­tal base is nearly three times the Philip­pines’ pop­u­la­tion. It posted net in­come of 13.6 bil­lion yuan (roughly $2 bil­lion) in the Jan­uary to June pe­riod.

Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte ap­plauds af­ter award­ing the In­ter­na­tional Cham­ber of Com­merce (ICC) Global Ex­cel­lence Award to Udenna Cor­po­ra­tion Pres­i­dent Den­nis Uy dur­ing the con­clud­ing cer­e­monies of the 44th Philip­pine Busi­ness Con­fer­ence and Expo (PBC&E) at the Manila Ho­tel in the City of Manila on Oc­to­ber 18, 2018.

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