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Manila court rejects NOW’s bid to stop 3rd telco player selection

The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) won an early round in a legal battle initiated by an aspiring telco player that wanted changesto the government's selection rules. This came as the Manila Regional Trial Court on Friday denied NOW Telecom's petition for a temporary restraining order (TRO), saying the company failed to prove its rights were violated as there was no urgency to issue a TRO. NOW Telecom had also sought a preliminary injunction, which will be taken up in hearings set onOctober 23 and 24this year, the decision dated October 12 read. The order is an early blow to the cause of NOW Telecom, which questioned key financial requirements that the NTC had included i...Keep on reading: Manila court rejects NOW’s bid to stop 3rd telco player selection.....»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerOct 12th, 2018

NOW Telecom loses bid vs contentious 3rd telco provisions

MANILA, Philippines – The bidding for the 3rd major communications player slot will push through as scheduled and without changes to its rules, as a court denied the appeal of NOW Telecom questioning certain provisions of the selection criteria. Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 6th, 2018

PT& T calls 3rd telco criteria unfair, files petition vs NTC

MANILA, Philippines – Just a day before the bidding for the 3rd major telecommunications player slot, the Philippine Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (PT&T)  asked the court to clarify a provision in the selection process. In a press briefing on Tuesday, November 6, PT&T president and chief executive officer James Velasquez said they filed a ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 6th, 2018

Court junks NOW Telecom’s TRO petition vs 3rd telco bid requirements

MANILA, Philippines – The selection process for the country’s 3rd major telecommunications player will push through as scheduled, as the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) overcame a legal hurdle. The DICT reported on Friday, October 12, that Judge Dinnah Aguila-Topacio of ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 12th, 2018

Third telco aspirant questions search rules

The search for a challenger to the PLDT-Globe duopoly has hit a snag with a prospective third telco player accusing regulators of including “moneymaking schemes” in the bidding process. NOW Telecom Co. Inc., which bought selection documents along with four others on Monday, also that day asked a Makati court to issue a restraining order [...] The post Third telco aspirant questions search rules appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsOct 10th, 2018

3rd telco plan hits a snag

The Duterte administration's third telco initiative received its first legal challenge a mere day after bidders were invited to participate, catching interested parties and the general public off-guard while casting a cloud over a selection process aimed at breaking the PLDT Inc. and Globe Telecom duopoly.   NOW Telecom, which is part of a group that had signaled its interest to become the country's third mobile player, announced on Tuesday that it had sued the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) at the Manila Regional Trial Court last Oct. 8, or the same day it acquired selection documents from the NTC.   NOW, an affiliate of publicly listed NOW Corp., wan...Keep on reading: 3rd telco plan hits a snag.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 9th, 2018

Poe: New bidding better than have Mislatel questioned in court

MANILA, Philippines -- It would be better to restart the bidding process for a new major player in the telecommunications industry than have the legality of the franchise of the winning bidder questioned in court, Senator Grace Poe said Tuesday.   It was revealed during a Senate hearing that the franchise of Mislatel Consortium, the provisional third telco, could be deemed void over alleged violations in its franchise.   READ: Drilon: Mislatel franchise considered revoked for violating conditions   Poe, chair of the Senate committee on public services conducting hearings on the third telco, pointed out that if Mislatel was allowed to operate despite t...Keep on reading: Poe: New bidding better than have Mislatel questioned in court.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 29th, 2019

EYES ON YOU, KID: UAAP 81 Jrs. players to watch

The first round of the UAAP 81 Juniors Basketball Tournament is over and done with. And we can’t wait for the second round to get started just so we could get even more glimpses of the future of Philippine basketball courtesy of these players: KAI SOTTO – Ateneo de Manila High School ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 25.3 points, 62.1 shooting, 12.7 rebounds, 3.3 blocks, 2.7 assists For the first time in his three years in Ateneo, Kai Sotto is, bar none, the most dominant force in the UAAP. In his first year, he took a backseat to Juan Gomez de Liano and SJ Belangel then as a sophomore, he was overtaken by CJ Cansino. Now, however, there is no doubt that the 7-foot-1, 16-year-old is the best player in the league – tops in scoring, rebounding, and blocking. And for good measure, just as he is a sure shot inside the paint, he also has the soft touch to make jumpers. Don’t send him to the line either as he makes good on 70.8 percent of his shots from there. Yes, Sotto is an end-to-end force that nobody could match not only in the UAAP, but in all of high school. RJ ABARRIENTOS – Far Eastern University-Diliman ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 16.4 points, 5.0 assists, 4.1 rebounds RJ Abarrientos had already committed to FEU’s Seniors squad, but later backtracked to use up his last year of eligibility in the UAAP Juniors. Safe to say, FEU-Diliman only welcomed him back with open arms and then proceeded to provide him the stage to shine the brightest he has ever been. A complementary player to the likes of Kenji Roman and L-Jay Gonzales before him, the nephew of Philippine basketball legend Johnny now runs the show for the Baby Tamaraws to the tune of a scoring clip and an assist total both third-best in the league. And even as he is now the primary playmaker for the green and gold, Abarrientos remains a dead shot as the league’s top marksman from three. All in all, the 5-foot-11 stocky guard is the most college-ready player in high school (of course, we’re not counting Kai Sotto who’s not only looks like he's college-ready, but pro-ready as well). CARL TAMAYO – Nazareth School of National University ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 11.5 points, 54.3 percent shooting, 9.3 rebounds, 1.8 blocks Due to various injuries, Carl Tamayo has only seen action in four out of seven games NU has played thus far in the tournament. Each and every time he’s on the court, however, the 6-foot-7 only delivers the goods on offense as a paint presence as well as a threat from the perimeter. At the other end, Tamayo also stands strong inside and outside and is actually third-best in terms of blocks. The Cebuano has all the tools to go toe-to-toe with Kai Sotto, but will need to work on his strength and conditioning so that he may leave the injury bug that has been biting him far behind. MARK NONOY – University of Sto. Tomas ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 18.3 points, 9.1 rebounds, 5.7 assists, 1.7 steals UST looked like it had hit the jackpot in unearthing CJ Cansino and then unveiling him as a dominant force in Season 80. Only, the Tiger Cubs look like they have hit the jackpot again in discovering Mark Nonoy out of Negros Occidental and then developing him into their new all-around shining star in Season 81. In just his first game in the UAAP Juniors, Nonoy dropped 31 points. Just two games later, he tallied a triple-double of 17 points, 16 rebounds, and 12 assists. Now, he is second-best in points and assists and third-best in steals in all of the league. More importantly, with their 5-foot-8 playmaker fronting the effort, UST has stayed in the conversation of playoff hopefuls in the ongoing season. GERRY ABADIANO – Nazareth School of National University ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 13.0 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.1 assists Nothing about Gerry Abadiano’s game will jump out at anybody. In fact, nobody will be able to find him in the top five of any statistical category. In the same light, however, he also does not have any weaknesses that will jump out at anybody. The 5-foot-9 lead guard just does whatever his team needs from him and he does it well. That is exactly why he has become to be heart and soul of a Bullpup side with championship aspirations. More than that, Abadiano’s biggest contribution will not be seen in any stat sheet as he has turned out to be the leader that the blue and gold deserves. JOEM SABANDAL – Adamson High School ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 14.3 points, 7.9 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.3 steals Joem Sabandal can make difficult shots with the best of them – whether that be willing a layup through defenders or willing a jumper in the face of a contest. That ability has thrust him into the role of being the main man for upstart Adamson and into the recognition as the fifth-best scorer in the UAAP Juniors. Make no mistake, however, the 5-foot-11 guard is not a score-first, second, and third player as he also contributes in the rebounds, assists, and steals departments for the Baby Falcons. Just like any young player, shot selection is a point for improvement for Sabandal, but the fact of the matter is, he’s already well on his way into being a dynamic scorer. TERRENCE FORTEA – Nazareth School of National University ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 14.1 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.9 assists Looks like all Terrences have a scorer’s mentality as NU’s Fortea wants to get buckets just as much as San Miguel’s Romeo. The good news for the Bullpups is that Terrence Romeo is just one of the hopeful trajectories 18-year-old Terrence Fortea’s career can take. Like Romeo, Fortea is a sniper from deep (second-most triple total with 20) and an even better shot from the line (best free throw clip at 82.6 percent). He also has that handy floater that can frustrate defenses that close out on him. Best of all, though, the 5-foot-10 Batang Gilas stalwart is still learning the ropes on being more of a facilitator. And when he masters that, he may very well exceed his namesake. AP MANLAPAZ – Adamson High School ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 10.8 points, 10.3 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 2.0 blocks, 1.3 steals While Joem Sabandal is Adamson’s go-to-guy, it’s actually little-known teammate AP Manlapaz who is in the top five of the MVP race. And with a closer look, there’s every reason for him to be there as he, put simply, stuffs the stat sheet for the Baby Falcons – averaging a points-rebounds double-double to go along with marks from assists, blocks, and steals. Safe to say, long-limbed forward Manlapaz has been anonymous before the season, but without a doubt, will only keep making noise on both ends. BISMARCK LINA – University of Sto. Tomas ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 11.3 points, 12.3 rebounds, 1.0 assist Bismarck Lina is one of only three players to be averaging a double-double in the UAAP Juniors. As their man in the middle, the cousin of school legend Kevin Ferrer sees to it that UST does not get bullied in the interior as whether it be offense or defense, he is a threat at the rim. Most of all, the 6-foot-6 Lina, the second-best rebounder in the league, is always at the right place, at the right time to complete defensive stops or to clean up a teammates’ miss with a rebound. JORDI GOMEZ DE LIAÑO – University of the Philippines Integrated School ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 11.5 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.0 assist Jordi is the best-shooting Gomez de Liano – or so he says. Of course, numbers do back him up as at just 15-years-old, he already has the third-best triple total in all of the UAAP Juniors. At the same time, however, the younger brother of Javi and Juan has a long ways to go as while he already stands at 6-foot-5, he is also reed thin and can get muscled through by anybody and everybody. More than that, his team is winless in the season. Nonetheless, it’s good to know that both the shooting and the confidence, both GDL trademarks, are already there – and it’s just a matter of time before Jordi grows into his body. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 3rd, 2019

Jitters over China in PH telco industry? They ve long been here – DICT

MANILA, Philippines – Some lawmakers and experts have expressed concern over China gaining foothold in the Philippines' telecommunications space. Company documents, however, show that Beijing has long been involved. During the Senate's explanatory hearing on the 3rd major telecommunications player selection on Tuesday, November 27, Acting Information and Communications Technology ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 27th, 2018

Gov t bias toward China seen in 3rd telco race

MANILA, Philippines – The win of Dennis Uy’s Udenna Corporation and China Telecom for the 3rd major telecommunications player slot hints at government bias for Beijing, market think tank Fitch Solutions Macro Research said. “The selection of China Telecom, which follows the almost immediate disqualification of the two ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 26th, 2018

FIBA WORLD CUP: Jordan walks out of practice game vs. Gilas Pilipinas

MANILA, Philippines --- Looks like Gilas Pilipinas can't escape controversy. Another game by the Philippine national team ended before the final buzzer as Jordan packed its bags and left the playing court Wednesday at the Meralco Gym here. At the time of Jordan's walkout, Gilas was up, 82-73, with 6:26 to go in the fourth period. Much like Monday's clash, the second of two practice games between the Philippines and Jordan was intense and physical. There was a mini commotion in the first half following a hard foul by a Jordan player on Christian Standhardinger. Jordan head coach Joseph Stiebing was called for a technical foul on that play and as tempers flared, Gilas head coach Yeng Guiao met his counterpart inside the court and a shouting match ensued. Things came to a fault in the fourth quarter when another Jordan player threw the ball at Scottie Thompson in protest of a foul. That triggered the final confrontation between the two head coaches in which Guiao says Stiebing challenged him to a fight. "The coach [Steibing] said he was ready to take my ass. I was challenging him to take my ass pero hindi naman siya ginawa," Guiao said of his aletercation with Stiebing. The Jordan coach didn't deny having choice words for Guiao but insisted that those words came during the heat of the moment. He argued that Guiao was cursing at his players and he asked for him to stop. Stiebing says coach Yeng persisted. "When an opposing coach curses at your players and calls them names, I think that's crossing the lines, and I think that's what got me upset. I asked the coach earlier, I said, 'Please, don't talk to my players.' And then he did it again. I've had players before, if a coach curses at them, they'll go after them and start a fight. I think that's unprofessional," Steibing said of Guiao. "And you know, I told the coach something that I shouldn't have said but I didn't curse at him and it was just at the heat of the battle. But I did ask him twice not to curse at my guys and he continued to do it even after that," he added. Following the walkout, Gilas ended up splitting its practice games against Jordan following Monday's six-point loss. The Philippine national team still has another pair of tune-up games this week against Lebanon before hosting Kazakhstan and Iran for the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 21st, 2018

Gilas Guiao to Jordan s Stiebing: 'I was challenging him to take my ass'

MANILA, Philippines --- One thing about head coach Yeng Guiao is that he's not going take anything from anyone. He will stand up for himself. Seriously, literally anyone familiar with the PBA knows that as a fact. Guiao and his Gilas Pilipinas were tested Wednesday at the Meralco Gym here as the national team's practice game against Jordan unfortunately ended with a commotion. As Jordan was protesting a foul call in the fourth quarter, things escalated to the point that the Jordan national team ended up walking out for good. The final incident was triggered after a Jordan player ended up throwing the ball on Scottie Thompson --- an action that merits automatic ejection in the PBA, much like what happened to Blackwater's Mike Digregorio a couple of weeks back in the 2018 Governors' Cup. While that action seems harmless enough and the penalty actually severe on a first look, the PBA Commissioner's office reasons that those plays can lead to fights. It almost did Wednesday. Guiao and Jordan head coach Joseph Stiebing got into an intense verbal altercation at mid-court and the visitors decided to end the game prematurely at the 6:26 mark of the fourth and with Gilas up, 82-73. "I felt that they were getting too rugged on us. Even in the beginning, even in the first game. Of course, it's also the responsibility of the referees to take control of the game. It's also my responsibility to keep my players safe. There's a lot of second motion happening, they were very rugged," Guiao said, narrating on how the game ended up from being a friendly to a near-brawl. "The coach [Stiebing] said he was ready to take my ass. I was challenging him to take my ass pero hindi naman niya ginawa," he added. Stiebing didn't deny that he had some choice words for Guiao but he said that those came during the heat of the moment. The Jordan coach for his part, was very particular about Guiao allegedly cursing at his players. Stiebing said he asked Guiao to stop but coach Yeng persisted. Stiebing's reasoning is that coaches cursing at opposing players could lead to fights breaking out. Which again, it almost happened Wednesday night. "When an opposing coach curses at your players and calls them names, I think that's crossing the lines, and I think that's what got me upset. I asked the coach earlier, I said, 'Please, don't talk to my players.' And then he did it again. I've had players before, if a coach curses at them, they'll go after them and start a fight. I think that's unprofessional," Stiebing said of Guiao. "And you know, I told the coach [Guiao] something that I shouldn't have said but I didn't curse at him and it was just at the heat of the battle. But I did ask him twice not to curse at my guys and he continued to do it even after that," he added. Guiao naturally defended Gilas and the actions of him and the national team in this tune-up game gone wrong. Coach Yeng insists that they didn't do anything wrong and that the least Jordan could have done was be respectful guests. Countless second motions don't make respectful guests says Guiao. "I don't know if they're really inherently rugged or dirty, they were accusing us of being dirty. I don't know what dirty things we did, hindi ko alam sinasabi nila. But sila, ang dami nilang second motion. Even that incident that triggered the whole thing, their player threw the ball at our player, which was unnecessary," he said. "They're our guest ano, maybe it's a two-way thing. But we did not do anything to them that they did not deserve. Ganun lang yun," Guiao added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 21st, 2018

NTC selection panel rejects 3rd telco bidding protests

The group led by Davao-based businessman Dennis Uy and China Telecommunications has come closer to becoming the country’s third telco player after the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) selection committee denied the appeals for reconsideration of two losing bidders......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 14th, 2018

Uneven playing field? Disqualified bidders slam 3rd telco rules

MANILA, Philippines – The two disqualified bidders for the 3rd major telecommunications player slot are not going down easily without a fight, as both vowed to take their battles to court. Both Philippine Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (PT&T) and Sear Telecom will also likely file ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 7th, 2018

NOW Corp says 3rd telco criteria anti-Filipino

MANILA, Philippines – Officials of NOW Corporation and its affiliate  NOW Telecom slammed the selection criteria for the 3rd major telecommunications player, describing it as "anti-Filipino." In a Rappler Talk  interview on Friday, October 26, Juan Miguel Lopez, investor relations and business development manager of NOW ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 29th, 2018

Poe to 3rd telco bidders: Don t delay selection process

MANILA, Philippines – Senate committee on public services chairperson Grace Poe warned interested parties not to delay the selection process for the country's  third major telecommunications player . "Hindi naman nila puwedeng basta-bastang pigilin ang proseso ng pagkakaroon ng 3rd telco dahil lamang hindi sila nasiyahan sa mga probisyon na iyon," Poe said on ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 22nd, 2018

LIVE: Senate hearing on 3rd telco selection

Bookmark this page to watch the hearing live at 10 am on Monday, October 22 MANILA, Philippines – The Senate committee on public services will hold a hearing on Monday, October 22, to tackle the government's selection of the country's third major telecommunications player. The third major telco player is expected ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 21st, 2018

Manila court denies Now& rsquo;s plea to stop telco auction

Manila court denies Now& rsquo;s plea to stop telco auction.....»»

Category: financeSource:  thestandardRelated NewsOct 13th, 2018

China Telecom buys bid documents for ‘third player’ selection

CHINA Telecom Corp. Ltd. became the second foreign company to buy bid documents to become the telecommunications industry’s third entrant — the so-called “third player” — with the selection process also getting a boost after a Manila court denied a petition for a temporary restraining order (TRO) by a participant questioning the bid terms. The post China Telecom buys bid documents for ‘third player’ selection appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsOct 12th, 2018

DICT on track to name 3rd telco player before Christmas

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) remained firm in saying they will be able to name the country’s third telecommunications service provider by December, as they unveiled the final timetable for the selection process. In an information campaign held on Tuesday, October 2, the DICT announced ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 3rd, 2018

Third telco search to start next week

Regulators intend to name a third major telco player before the year ends despite concerns that the government may be rushing to find a challenger to the PLDT-Globe duopoly. Officials on Tuesday presented the timeline for the search to prospective bidders, who can begin purchasing selection documents on Monday, October 8. They will have until [...] The post Third telco search to start next week appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsOct 2nd, 2018