Press Release
November 20, 2018


The government, particularly the DICT, has been working on a timeline for the bidding and selection of the third telco, something we badly need as we know that having a meaningful competition will translate to better service and lower costs.

Next week, we will resume our public hearing on the third telco and we will use the opportunity to delve into the details of the decision to choose Mislatel.

We will call the DICT, the NTC and officials of the third telco to give a better understanding of what they have to offer to the public.

We will also ask our national security experts and telco technology specialists to shed light on national security concerns given that a foreign entity is a partner of the selected third telco.

While we have been assured by the NTC and the DICT that the selection process was without bias, we cannot be remiss on our duty and mandate to look into the matter.

We should also take note that it is a requirement under our laws that the third telco or its Filipino partner must secure a congressional franchise. In the end, transparency, accountability and integrity are always the benchmark for government projects and undertaking.

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