"Why is the Department of Defense allowing this at all?"
The couple at the House of Representatives, House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez and Tingog Party-List Yedda Romualdez, together with more than a dozen of their colleagues, have filed a resolution making the late Ramon (Bautista) Revilla Sr. a National Artist for Film.
Revilla Sr., during his lifetime, was an actor, director, producer. He was an icon and a legend.
If another icon in local film, Fernando Poe, Jr., was named National Artist for Film, the same should be given to Revilla. Both had their own great contributions to the industry.
The Department of National Defense has allowed Dito Telecommunity of Davao-based multi-billionaire, Dennis Uy, to proceed with its plans. This move is seen as controversial – and for good reason, Santa Banana!
Dito has entered into a joint venture with Chinatel, a state-owned Chinese corporation and the seventh largest telecom firm in the world, to build, install and maintain its towers in all military camps nationwide.
My gulay, the Memorandum of Agreement entered into by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and the Armed Forces of the Philippines, if you look at it, gives China access to what is going on in our camps. This is very wrong because it endangers our national security!
Dito is indeed a Filipino company, but Chinatel has a 40-percent interest in the venture. And remember, Chinatel is state-owned, meaning the real owner is the People’s Republic of China, under the grip of the Chinese communist party.
Thus, when China’s state intelligence agency, the Ministry of State Security, tells Chinatel to install a backdoor in communication equipment, of course Chinatel will follow.
The MOA is a betrayal of public trust not only since the AFP is tasked to resist China’s continuing aggression in the West Philippine Sea. China’s State Security Ministry will of course want to eavesdrop on military communications.
I am truly amazed at the ignorance of the DND. It is fairly obvious that China would dictate on Chinatel. Why is our military giving access to a foreign country?
The United States, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and Canada have banned Chinese 5G equipment.
My gulay, I really don’t understand how we got to this point.
President Duterte may not realize it, but by giving PhilHealth head Dante Gierran until December to clean up the agency, he might as well have set a deadline not to abolish PhilHealth but to privatize it.
To me, privatization is the solution to this mess.
The task of cleaning up PhilHealth is an impossible mission. Gierran himself has said he does not know anything about public health. This means he needs time to learn the ropes.
I am sure there are many who are interested in buying PhilHealth. It is supposed to be profitable.
And while we are on the topic of privatization, the government should also consider privatizing Pagcor casinos. The government needs all the financial boost it can get.
I am relieved that the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases has realized the danger of easing physical distancing protocols, as was earlier proposed by the Department of Transportation.
If more people need to go to work, then there should be more vehicles on the road.
Indeed, we should have more experts making proposals to the government.