Rodrigo Duterte invited Chinese investment in the Philippines telecoms industry. Photo: EPA

China Telecom’s move into Philippines faces legal battle

  • A consortium backed by China Telecom looks likely to face a protracted legal battle after winning its bid to become the Philippines’ third telecoms provider
  • Controversy surrounds the winning bidder’s links to President Rodrigo Duterte
Topic |   The Philippines

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Rodrigo Duterte invited Chinese investment in the Philippines telecoms industry. Photo: EPA
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Raissa Robles

Raissa Robles

Raissa Robles has written for the SCMP since 1996. A freelance journalist specialising in politics, international relations, business and Muslim rebellion, she has contributed to Reuters, the Economist Intelligence Unit, Daily Mail, Times of London, Radio Netherlands and Asiaweek. She runs the award-winning investigative and opinion blog, raissarobles.com. Her book, Marcos Martial Law: Never Again, a brief history of the dictatorship won the 2017 National Book Awards for Non-Fiction. Her Twitter handle is @raissawriter.