“We are not at war with China so this concern about espionage and spying I feel is truly misplaced,” Adel Tamano, a top DITO official, told a news conference.
DITO’s equipment and devices were not a security risk, Tamano said, adding that it was investing heavily in cyber security.
No Chinese personnel will be allowed inside camps, he said, and a retired Philippine general and telecoms expert had been hired to ensure cyber security.
However, former Supreme Court judge Antonio Carpio, a staunch critic of Duterte’s pro-China stance, in a newspaper column on Thursday said Beijing “would surely eavesdrop”. Opposition MP Risa Hontiveros wants a senate probe on the military deal.
Like competitors Globe and PLDT, DITO also uses equipment from Chinese firms Huawei and ZTE.
DITO is 60 per cent controlled by Duterte associate Dennis Uy, whose conglomerate Udenna is partnering in big projects with several other Chinese