Thursday, August 6, 2020

Gov’t takeover of telcos would give Dennis Uy’s DITO Telecommunity undue advantage

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A government takeover of telco giants Globe Telecom and Smart Communications would give DITO Telecommunity, owned by Davao-based businessman and presidential friend Dennis Uy and state-owned China Telecom, an undue advantage over the market,...

Red tape vs telcos more apparent when PH shifted from SMS-heavy to Internet-savvy market...

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Former Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Undersecretary Eliseo Rio, Jr. said that severe red tape imposed by local government units (LGUs) when dealing with telecommunications companies (telcos) became more apparent in 2012....

Gov’t must help telcos to provide efficient public services — Rio

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Former Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Undersecretary Eliseo Rio, Jr. said that the ball is in fact in the hands of the government under President Rodrigo Duterte regarding the setting up of...

NPA may get free COVID-19 vaccines once available — Duterte

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Members of the armed group New People's Army (NPA) may avail the national government's free COVID-19 vaccine once it becomes available in the Philippines, President Rodrigo Duterte announced on Sunday evening. “If they want to...

Atienza: Gov’t should focus on the pandemic, let next admin worry about death penalty

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Independent House member and BUHAY Partylist Representative Lito Atienza urged the government to just “concentrate on saving lives” and addressing the coronavirus disease 2019 situation in the country rather than focusing on bringing back...

Poe: Tax on digital purchases will greatly affect startups, small businesses

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Senator Grace Poe rejected the bill which seeks to impose 12% value-added tax (VAT) on digital transactions, questioning why the government is pushing for such measure at a time when the use of online...

Name corrupt gov’t regulators who hamper services, Poe tells telcos

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Senator Grace Poe urged telecommunications companies (telcos) to name government regulators who contribute to the delays and inefficiencies of their services, pointing out that the administration should not corner telcos for failing to improve. "We...

Anti-Red Tape Act failed to help telcos speed up cell site construction

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Red tape in the government has been hampering telecommunications companies (telcos) from building common towers and cell sites in the past two decades, former Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Undersecretary Eliseo Rio...

Lacson urges Duterte to issue warning vs LGU officials who extort money from telcos

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Senator Panfilo Lacson urged the national government under President Rodrigo Duterte to issue a stern warning against local government unit (LGU) executives who extort money from telecommunications companies (telcos) in exchange for permits and...

Up to NTC to test telcos’ performance — Palace

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The Malacañan said that it is up to the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) to conduct the technical assessment in determining whether the major telecommunications companies (telcos) have improved their services by this year as...

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Revival of death penalty might affect attempts to save Filipinos on death row abroad

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If the Philippines would revive the death penalty, the country might lose its "moral ascendancy" in negotiations involving Filipinos facing capital punishment overseas. In his...

Medical representatives now included in gov’t COVID containment panel after 5 months of lockdown

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Nearly five months into quarantine, medical representatives from various organizations will now be a part of a technical panel focusing on containing the coronavirus...

P15-billion loss in PhilHealth funds tagged as ‘crime of the year’

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The series of anomalies within the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) is tagged as the "crime of the year," according to the state insurer's...