5. In any case, if only to provide the Honorable Commission withits initial position regarding the PLDT-Digitel Deal, and without prejudice toits motion and request for leave and time to submit its verified opposition, acopy of the undersigned's blog post "PLDT-Digitel deal: What's in it forconsumers?" dated March 29, 2011 is attached and made an integral parthereof as
; and a copy of the speech "Citizens,netizens and consumers take on the PLDT-Digitel Deal" dated April 11, 2011is attached and made an integral part hereof as
.6. Further, it is important to highlight the basic and well-established legal principle that a franchise is a mere privilege that is subjectto amendment, alteration or repeal by the Congress of the Philippines whenthe common good so requires. [
Telecommunications and Broadcast Attorneys of the Philippines v.
Commission on Elections
289 SCRA 337(1998)] Considering that the PLDT-Digitel Deal will have grave implicationsand ramifications on existing frequency allocations, it is imperative for allstakeholders and mobile technology consumers to be given the opportunity toraise their concerns regarding the same.7. As it stands, if the PLDT-Digitel Deal will be approved, PLDTwill reportedly have an estimated wireless mobile market share of 60% to65%, thus raising serious concerns about provisions for adequate consumerservices and welfare. Moreover, it has recently been reported that the JGSGroup intends to sell to Japanese telecommunications giant NTT DoCoMothe 2.8% stake (out of its total 12.8% stake) it will receive from PLDT