Supreme Court told to scrap telcos’ pact

October 28, 2018

THE Supreme Court has been asked to revoke the “Co-Use agreement” between telecommunications giants PLDT Inc./Smart Communications Inc. and Globe Telecoms over the controversial 700 megahertz (MHz) broadcast frequency and several sets of telecom frequencies, which were conditionally assigned to them by the National Telecommunications Commission, for being invalid and unconstitutional.

In a 48-page petition, lawyers Joseph Baquiran and Ferdinand Tecson also sought the issuance of temporary restraining order to enjoin and restrain the PLDT/Smart and Globe from utilizing the 700MHz broadcast frequency and the following telecom frequencies: 2540-2545 MHz, 2580-2595 MHz, 2535-2540 and 2565-2580 MHz.

The petitioners also pleaded the SC to prohibit the NTC from bidding out or awarding some frequencies ostensibly returned by the telecom giants “in consideration of the approval of the “Co-Use Agreement” to any entity until the SC resolves with finality the constitutional and legal issues raised by the petitioners in this case.

Likewise, Baquiran and Tecson urged the SC to declare as invalid the “Co-Use Agreement” between PLDT/Smart and Globe since the assignment of the 700 MHz broad frequency and other frequencies to Liberty Broadcasting Network, Inc. (now named Tori Spectrum Telecom, Inc.), and later to Bell Telecommunications Inc., a subsidiary of Vega Telecommunications, Inc., was void and illegal.