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Philippino presidential candidate meets with SpaceX officials

SpaceX officials have held a virtual meeting with two senators from the Philippines, one of which is running for president, to discuss allowing Starlink service in their country as well as the establishment of a launch site.

TOP executives of SpaceX met with Senators Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao and Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel 3rd to discuss the use of low-orbit satellites to provide cheap internet to the Philippines. SpaceX is a space exploration company owned by technology magnate and billionaire Elon Musk.

During the virtual meeting on Saturday, the SpaceX executives also talked about the possibility of setting up a spaceship launch pad in the Philippines.

Pacquiao also proposed projects for Musk’s other companies, Tesla and Boring. He seems enthusiastic about bringing SpaceX to the Philippines. The odds right now of him becoming president however is not great, according to recent polling. This meeting with SpaceX was clearly an effort by him to garner attention and increase his poll numbers.

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  • Scott M.

    Could SpaceX even contemplate moving any of their facilities to the Philippines? I thought ITAR would prevent that.

  • Questioner

    Will the Phillipinos really like this special Musk (BS) idea?

    Miguel Pedro: “He combined the inefficiency of cars with the restriction of movement of public transport. Genius”

    Oatmeal: “It’s like a road tunnel, but completely unnecessary and inescapable! Brilliant!”

    Nick And Friends: “Now you can finally experience traffic in small and claustrophobic tunnels. He’s a real man of genius.”

    Pablo Uribe: “You gotta give it to Elon, you could not have done it worse. Being in a metal can underground waiting in traffic is just what everyone wanted (wink wink)”

    Nejc Kmetic: “I mean, let’s be honest, he’s not trying to fix traffic, he’s trying to sell more teslas.”

    lnas: “bro, you are being really hard on elon. He managed to do something here.
    Instead of being bored looking at the sky while you are stuck on traffic, he was able to give you claustrophobia while you are stuck on traffic! F… brilliant.”

  • wayne

    Elon Musk / Akira The Don
    “Alien” ? (2020)

    “I don’t think you’d necessarily want to be me…. it’s very hard to turn it off….might sound great turned on, but what if it doesn’t turn off? All the time, doesn’t stop. All the time, doesn’t stop….”

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