Philippine police find no evidence that Huawei involved in spying

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The Philippine National Police (PNP) has conducted an investigation into reports that Huawei was involved in espionage and found no evidence that the Chinese telecommunications company is spying for the Chinese government, a police spokesperson said on Tuesday.

PNP spokesperson Bernard Banac said that the initial findings were based on the investigation conducted by the anti-cybercrime group (ACG) of the Philippine police, which coordinated with law enforcement agencies from other countries.

"We have not obtained pieces of evidence that would prove Huawei spied on us. We have been receiving information about the alleged espionage but there is no proof of that," Banac said.

He said the ACG has yet to release a consolidated report on its investigation.

In March, PNP chief Oscar Albayalde announced the police would validate whether Huawei is involved in "spying or any other illegal activities" in the Philippines, after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned in Manila of the "security risk" posed by the Chinese tech giant.

Albayalde in April ordered PNP to look into the allegations that Huawei was "spying for the Chinese government."

The investigation results showed that the allegations were false.

"We conducted validation and today, we found out that there is no sufficient evidence that connects Huawei to allegations of espionage," Banac said.

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