PH gov’t is requesting a $1.04 billion refund from a foreign contractor involved in a free Wi-Fi Project

The Philippines is seeking at least $21.8 million (or more than $1 billion) from the international contractor in its free internet access project as a refund for the Wi-Fi sites that the company failed to build four years ago.

“Kaya po natin hinihingi ‘yung refund na ‘yan dahil hindi naman nila nakabit ‘yung mga Wi-Fi spots na yan,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a Palace briefing on Monday.

[Translation: We’re requesting a refund because they weren’t able to set up those Wi-Fi hotspots.]

The national government has tried to terminate its contract with Speedcast, claiming that only 10,000 of the target 120,000 hotspots have been installed since President Rodrigo Duterte signed the law requiring free public Wi-Fi in 2017.

It also wants the project turned over to the Department of Information and Communications Technology, which, according to Roque, will set up 500% more sites than the contractor.

The presidential spokesman previously stated that Malacanang supports lawmakers’ plans to investigate the project’s implementation, especially in allegations of smuggling, bribery, and negligence.

Source: CNN Philippines

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