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Philippine Telecom Companies Feud Over ‘Fraudulent’ Calls

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The Philippines’ two biggest telecommunications companies PLDT Inc. and Globe Telecom Inc. have separately accused new entrant DITO Telecommunity Corp. of “fraudulent” calls made through its network, heightening a public disagreement.

Globe, in a statement Tuesday, said it has asked the telecommunications regulator to require DITO to pay 622 million pesos ($11.2 million) in penalties over alleged violations of interconnect rules. Globe said DITO’s network supposedly allowed a daily average of 1,000 calls that were “identified as international in origin but masked as local calls.”