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#China can turn off the #Philippine national power grid, officials say - Engineers in China could plunge the country into darkness using a remote operating system supplied by a firm based in Nanjing - Chinese companies are Trojan horses scmp.com/week-asia/poli…
Philippine senators have called for an investigation into the security implications of China’s part ownership of the national energy grid after officials said engineers in Beijing could plunge the entire country into darkness with the flick of a switch.
The State Grid Corporation of China holds a 40 per cent stake in the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP), a private consortium which bagged the franchise in 2009 to run the power lines.
National Transmission Corporation (TransCo) president Melvin Matibag confirmed there was a “possibility” of such a scenario during deliberations in the Senate on Tuesday over the government budget for 2020.
China “is a part of our daily lives every minute, every hour, every moment as long as the system operation is … controlled and managed by Chinese engineers ... Indeed an enormous power”.
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