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PNP, NTC shut down mobile phone services in Manila




Smart Communications and Sun Cellular have issued a public advisory regarding the shutting down mobile phone services in parts of Manila, Makati, and Quezon City. This is upon the instruction of the Philippine National Police (PNP) through the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC).


The shutdown of mobile services started Sunday evening, May 7, 2017. Both Smart and Sun mention that they were advised not to issue an advisory earlier or prior to the shutdown because of the ‘sensitivity of ongoing police operations’.

On the other hand, Globe was able to release their own public advisory last night — saying that they will temporarily suspend mobile services for 48 hours in Quiapo, Manila and neighboring vicinities. This includes calls, texts, and mobile data services until they get clearance from NTC to resume coverage.

Do you still experience lack of services in the mentioned areas? Share your status below and which telecom you’re using.



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6 Responses

  1. cruizer says:

    this just means the terrorists are already in Manila. stay safe everyone…be vigilant and on the lookout for suspicious people or suspicious things that are unattended

    • el gato says:

      not really. the police are trying to investigate everything around the blast site. early investigation shows apparent target is killed together with the delivery man (grab). remote detonation is entertained.
      yun ang sabi ni pnp chief bato.

  2. Jojo says:

    Can’t do this every time there is a bombing or threat. It’s so 1972ish when Martial Law was established… cut and disable communication facilities.
    What I am saying is that there could also be other emergencies at this time which was not related to the Quiapo bombing incident. Or we simply need our mobile phone services to do our own business or keep in touch with our families.
    Our law enforcers have to be more creative than asking the Telcos to shut down for a while.

    • el gato says:

      aside from the areas mentioned, there is normal mobile communication in the philippines.
      sabi kasi ng police, may ilang telco towers ang nagsu-supply ng mobile signals sa mga nasabing lokasyon kaya damay lahat ng covered ng mga toreng ito.

  3. peaceout says:

    nice to know nag tutulungan ang mga concerned agencies for the safety of everyone. sad to say may mga tao na parang mamatay kung walang signal. who knows andun ka pala sa lugar na pinag protektahan ng police. intindihin nyo nalang. ilang oras lang naman yan compare sa may signal.

  4. Fox Hunter says:

    This is stupid, what if you need an ambulance or even the police and you don’t have a landline available? This strategy should be banned by congress. The PNP are useless if this is the best they strategy they have.

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