DICT's Rio on Honasan appointment: Let me finish 3rd telco job first

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Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Eliseo Rio Jr.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 10) — The incumbent Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Secretary said he does not understand the urgency to turn over his duties to his replacement, Senator Gringo Honasan.

"I would not understand why I have to be changed in midstream of a very important activity that would finally bring a significant improvement in telecommunication (telco) industry," DICT Chief Eliseo Rio Jr. said in a text message to CNN Philippines.

On November 7, the department chose Mislatel Consortium to be the provisional new major telco player to break the duopoly of PLDT-Smart and Globe.

"I serve at the pleasure of the President. But I only hope that I will be given a few more weeks to finalize the entry of a third telco player, which you know we really worked hard for," he added.

Senate President Vicente "Tito" Sotto III earlier said Honasan could be appointed to the department as early as November 12.

The DICT chief said he hopes to have the pending issues surrounding the new telco player resolved by the end of November.

Two other firms are pushing to take Mislatel's place. SEAR Telecom -- the consortium of Mindanao-based TierOne Communications with the Luis Chavit Singson Group of Companies-- and the Philippine Telegraph and Telephone Corp. (PT&T) both filed their respective motions for reconsideration at the National Telecommunications Commission Friday. 

READ: PT&T, SEAR file motions for reconsideration on 3rd telco bid

Both were disqualified from the selection process due to alleged missing documents.