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DepEd to review deal with Chinese telecom firm over US espionage charges

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MANILA, Philippines  — Finding out about the latest allegations of espionage against the Chinese telecommunications company Huawei Technologies Co. has prompted the Department of Education to reconsider its acceptance of a “cloud-based” computer network system donated by the company to the department recently.

DepEd formally accepted Huawei’s donation of 50 computer units operating on a “cloud-based” virtual desktop infrastructure system last July 26 when Education Secretary Br. Armin Luistro signed an agreement with Huawei Philippines executives. The system was to be installed at the DepEd’s main office within the month.

(“Cloud” is another term for the Internet and cloud-computing, which simply means that one stores information in the Internet instead of in the hard drive of a computer.)

DepEd was unaware, however, that a week before the signing of the agreement, a former head of the US Central Intelligence Agency, Michael Hayden, told the Australian Financial Review that Huawei had spied for the Chinese government.

“No, we were not aware of this allegation when we signed the MOA with them and accepted their donation,” Education Undersecretary Mario Deriquito said Friday night when asked for comment. “We consider this a serious matter. We will look into this and study the matter very well before we do anything.”

“We will study this and decide on a course of action before installation is completed,” added Deriquito, the DepEd official in charge of partnerships and external linkages.

Hayden, a former general who also served as head of the National Security Agency, said US intelligence agencies had hard evidence that Huawei had supplied sensitive information to Chinese officials.

Hayden’s comments in the Australian Financial Review were carried by other major media organizations, along with Huawei’s official denial of the allegation. International news media have reported that Huawei had been banned by the US and Australian governments from helping build their national broadband networks for national security considerations.

The UK government announced in July that it would review Huawei’s cybersecurity arrangements after the British Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee announced that the nation had become vulnerable to cyberattacks and state-sponsored spying by allowing Huawei to operate in the nation’s telecommunications industry.

During the memorandum signing, Huawei Philippines public relations head Zhao Rui said their donation of 50 portable cloud-based units could help DepEd bring e-education lessons to schools outside cities.

She said all the computers and equipment were delivered from China.

“We are finishing the (installation of) all the computers and the system. After we have finished, we will arrange some trainors and engineers to help train the professionals here in the DepEd,” Zhao said.

She said that if the system worked “in the future we may incorporate more.”


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  • atrainbow

    No way to all of this Chinese computers. Hawak na tayo dito. Cancel this transaction immediately.

  • kulkat8

    These computers are the Chinese version of the Trojan horse. The only proper place for these computers is the compactor not in a government office.

  • joboni96

    sa laki naman ng budget ninyo at
    sa dami ng affordable pilipino i.t. experts

    pinapasok pa ninyo ang intsik switik
    mahina talaga mga utak ninyo

    tulad sa pagisip ninyo sa k-12
    pampahirap sa pamilyang pilipino

  • Guest

    takes a spy to know a spy.

  • delpillar

    When USA, UK, Australia, Canada do not trust HUAWEI and banned them in any major
    telecom equipment infra in these countries, the Philippines should believe them (these
    countries) more than what the Philippine authorities know and as well as what the Philippine Authorities do not know.

    If our government and engineers and scientist cannot prove or disprove the integrity of the Chinese-made equipment provided by Chinese companies, then it is logical and ethical to believe what our Allies and Friend are revealing to us.

  • HarryK

    Every donor nation has the capability to spy on us. If we do not know how to check out their systems and pre-empt espionage then let’s just use our pencil and paper system for our data and communication storage.

  • jorgii0550

    Praning naman itong mga tao dito,

    That’s only DepEd, if you guys are worried about espionage it’s already too late Huawei’s is already deeply embedded in our Telecommunication system (Sun, Smart, Globe, PLDT, etc….).

    Filipino-Chinese organizations who are involved in operation barrio school (a private organization that are building schools nationwide) has been involved in this, they have been looking for sponsors to help out on their efforts to bring more computers to our classrooms.

  • kinutil

    ALAM KASI NG CHINA ANG UGALI NG MGA NASA PWESTO NA PERA LANG ANG KATAPAT AT TAPOS KAAGAD ANG USAPAN.

  • kinutil

    Department of Education gamitin naman ninyo ang inyong mga utak makarinig lang kayo ng donation nagiging BOBO na kayo mag-isip naman kayo kung ang mga malalakas na BANSA sinubukan nilang gagohin ngunit nahuli kaya hindi sila nagtagumpay ano pakaya ang PILIPINAS hindi ba ninyo alam na gagamitin lang nila ang bansa natin para makakuha ng mga impormasin sa ibang bansa na hindi sila mahalata.



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