MANILA -- Philippine Telegraph and Telephone Corp told a Senate hearing Tuesday that the rules for the selection of the third telco were changed mid-stream, resulting in its disqualification.
Officials from the Department of Information and Communications Technology and the National Telecommunications Commission denied the charge, saying PT&T had a different "interpretation" of the terms of reference for the selection.
PT&T lost out to Mislatel, the joint venture between businessman Dennis Uy and China Telecom. A third bidder, the Sear consortium of former Ilocos Sur Gov Luis "Chavit" Singson was also disqualified.
The NTC issued two bid bulletins after PT&T had paid P1 million for bid documents, according to the carrier's lawyer Napoleon Poblador.
One provision on "regional scale of operations" was revised to apply only to foreign telcos, "completely excluding PT&T and any other standalone telco from participating," he said.
Before the bid bulletins, Poblador said PT&T was "satisfied" with "very clear" rules that "regional and national applies to both foreign and local telcos."
The NTC Commissioner, Gamaliel Cordoba, said the bid bulletins did not revise the terms of reference. "It's just a matter of difference in interpretation."
PT&T has protested its disqualification before the Supreme Court after the NTC denied its appeal.