PT&T confident SC will decide in its favor
Philippine Telegraph and Telephone Corp. is optimistic the Supreme Court will recognize its bid to become the country’s third telco operator.
“PT&T is hopeful that its appeal will be considered by the Highest Court in due time or hopefully soonest,” the company said in a statement.
In its petition with the High Court, PT&T argued that the new major player selection committee acted with “grave abuse of discretion and beyond its jurisdiction” when it revised the terms of reference with respect to technical capability.
Under the terms of reference, that rule applies, without distinction or discrimination, to both local and foreign telcos, which will qualify PT&T.
“The NMP selection committee has no legal authority to change the terms of reference which were earlier issued by the National Telecommunications en banc with the help of the oversight committee and the Philippine Competition Commission,” PT&T said.
“That unauthorized revision is void for such lack of legal authority and also because it violated the provision in the Constitution on the equal protection of the laws by unfairly discriminating against local telcos while favoring foreign ones. It is also void for being violative of Republic Act No. 3019 ( Anti-Graft Law ), causing as it does injury to local telcos while giving unwarranted advantage and preference to foreign telcos thru manifest partiality and evident bad faith,” PT&T said.
PT&T was disqualified due to its failure to submit the required certification of technical capability from the NTC.