Palace: Duterte had no hand in selection of provisional third major telco player

(Eagle News) — President Rodrigo Duterte had no hand in the selection of the provisional third telco player in the country.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo emphasized this following reports noting that Dennis Uy of Udena Corp. and Chelsea Logistics had donated to Duterte’s presidential campaign in 2016.

Udena Corp., Chelsea Logistics and China Telecom comprise Mislatel, which was named the provisional third telco player that would compete against PLDT Inc. and Globe Telecom.

According to Panelo, “the President has nothing to do with any of those biddings, any of those negotiations or contracts.”

“As we all know, relationship, alliances, friendships do not matter with this President. What matters with him is ‘you follow the law, I’ll be with you,'” Panelo said.