Duterte declines hack-proof cellphone from China

Published December 2, 2019, 1:15 PM

by Francine Ciasico

By Genalyn Kabiling 

China has offered a hack-proof phone to President Duterte but the latter apparently declined it.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during his visit to the Taguig City Center for the Elderly on November 21, 2019. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte (KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO)

The President bared China’s gadget offer after recognizing the espionage ability of China even from a distance.

“I know that right now they are listening to us, through satellites, without using the grid, they spy,” he said during his appearance at GMA’s morning show “Unang Hirit” aired Monday.

“They know, I know because I have talked to him (Chinese President Xi Jinping). And as a matter of fact they offered to give me a cellphone na hindi ma-hack [that cannot be hacked],” he added.

Duterte however hinted that he refused the hack-proof phone given by China. “I do not want the people to suspect that I have secrets,” he said.

The latest phone offer was mentioned by the President while allaying concerns about China’s involvement in the country’s public utilities such as power transmission.

Duterte said he believes China would not shut down the country’s power grid, citing it was involved in growing businesses in the country.

“Ang tanong ko [My question is] what would be a possible reason that China would spy or cut the grid?” he asked.

“I’d like to address myself, respectfully, to President Xi Jinping. What could be the reason na because I do not believe that you’d do it. But if there is, what could be a reason for you to cut,” he added.

He said China merely offered assistance in the country’s power transmission operations, and not necessarily spy on Filipinos.

“Yung grid, nakitulong lang ang China, hindi talaga natin makaya eh [China offered to help in the power grid. We can’t do it alone]. You want a better one, better service, you want more energy distributed, China offered to help. At kinagat naman natin [and we accepted],” he said.

“So it’s business. What’s the purpose of business? To spy? It’s to make money for China and for us,” he said.

Last week, the President said he would “quarrel” with China if it shuts down the country’s power grid. He made the statement after some lawmakers raised concern about China’s 40-percent stake in the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP), that operates the country’s power transmission system.

“I will tell China, ‘You know China, if you do that, then there will be a quarrel. I may not overcome you but I said you will receive from me a mouthful then I go to other places and look for help,” he said.

 
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Duterte declines hack-proof cellphone from China

Published December 2, 2019, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Genalyn Kabiling 

China has offered a hack-proof phone to President Duterte but the latter apparently declined it.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during his visit to the Taguig City Center for the Elderly on November 21, 2019. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte (KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO)

The President bared China’s gadget offer after recognizing the espionage ability of China even from a distance.

“I know that right now they are listening to us, through satellites, without using the grid, they spy,” he said during his appearance at GMA’s morning show “Unang Hirit” aired Monday.

“They know, I know because I have talked to him (Chinese President Xi Jinping). And as a matter of fact they offered to give me a cellphone na hindi ma-hack [that cannot be hacked],” he added.

Duterte however hinted that he refused the hack-proof phone given by China. “I do not want the people to suspect that I have secrets,” he said.

The latest phone offer was mentioned by the President while allaying concerns about China’s involvement in the country’s public utilities such as power transmission.

Duterte said he believes China would not shut down the country’s power grid, citing it was involved in growing businesses in the country.

“Ang tanong ko [My question is] what would be a possible reason that China would spy or cut the grid?” he asked.

“I’d like to address myself, respectfully, to President Xi Jinping. What could be the reason na because I do not believe that you’d do it. But if there is, what could be a reason for you to cut,” he added.

He said China merely offered assistance in the country’s power transmission operations, and not necessarily spy on Filipinos.

“Yung grid, nakitulong lang ang China, hindi talaga natin makaya eh [China offered to help in the power grid. We can’t do it alone]. You want a better one, better service, you want more energy distributed, China offered to help. At kinagat naman natin [and we accepted],” he said.

“So it’s business. What’s the purpose of business? To spy? It’s to make money for China and for us,” he said.

Last week, the President said he would “quarrel” with China if it shuts down the country’s power grid. He made the statement after some lawmakers raised concern about China’s 40-percent stake in the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP), that operates the country’s power transmission system.

“I will tell China, ‘You know China, if you do that, then there will be a quarrel. I may not overcome you but I said you will receive from me a mouthful then I go to other places and look for help,” he said.

 
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