No network services in parts of Quezon City for SONA 2018
MANILA, Philippines – Network services will be cut off in parts of Quezon City on Monday afternoon, July 23, as part of security measures for President Rodrigo Duterte's 3rd State of the Nation Address (SONA).
In a phone interview with Rappler, Deputy Commissioner Edgardo Cabarios confirmed that the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) will cut off network services from 3 pm to 7 pm on Monday for security purposes. (READ: 10 things to expect at Duterte's SONA 2018)
The memorandum dated July 20 ordered ABS-CBN Convergence, Digitel Philippines, Globe Telecom, and Smart Communications to temporarily shut down their signals in the Batasan Complex, Commonwealth Avenue, and Barangay Culiat in Quezon City.
National Telecommunications Commission ordered Convergence, Smart, Globe, and Digitel to cut off their network services around Batasan Complex from 3 pm to 7 pm today, July 23 for security purposes, NTC Deputy Commissioner Edgardo Cabarios confirmed to Rappler @rapplerdotcom pic.twitter.com/Mvh6Cctpxi— Aika Rey (@reyaika) July 23, 2018
Globe Telecom issued an advisory on Monday that services will be down from 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm in the 3 areas.
Globe issued an advisory saying all customers will temporarily be unable to text, call, or use mobile data starting 3 pm at Batasan Complex, Commonwealth, and Culiat QC pic.twitter.com/XXU2texRFV— Aika Rey (@reyaika) July 23, 2018
Colonel Jim Niembra, Presidential Security Group chief, clarified that network services will only be cut off during Duterte's arrival and departure from the House of Representatives.
"Speech may signal. No signal lang upon the President's arrival and departure," Niembra said.
(There will be signal during the speech. There will be no signal only upon the President's arrival and departure.)
Duterte is expected to deliver his speech at 4 pm. – with a report from Pia Ranada/Rappler.com