The National Telecommunications Commissions (NTC) denies involvement with the emergency text alert promoting former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. for the 2022 national elections.
MANILA — NTC Deputy Commissioner Edgardo Cabarios said they are currently investigating the matter.
“We are not yet concluding kasi it’s still being investigated by our regulation branch,” the official said. He said the notification probably came from illegally operated portable cell sites.
Only the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council and authorized agencies are allowed the use of such mechanics.
“During emergencies kasi, walang communications network available in the area, puwedeng gamitin ‘yan to send information to those with cellphones within a locality where naroon ‘yong disaster,” Cabarios said in a phone call.
(During emergencies, there is no communications network available in the area, so you can use that to send information to those with cellphones within a locality where the disaster happened.)
The official said they still don’t have the right equipment to trace the portable cell site used as this can be turned off in seconds, making it hard to track.
Both NDRRMC and Marcos’ team denied any knowledge on the incident. The candidate’s team then said it supports the call for an investigation on the matter. (HMP/Headline PH)