Chavit Singson still hopes for third telco slot

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Posted at Nov 08 2018 10:46 AM | Updated as of Nov 08 2018 11:19 AM

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MANILA - Former Ilocos Sur Governor Luis “Chavit” Singson said Thursday said he remained confident that he and his partners could still secure the country's third telco slot.

Mislatel, the consortium of Davao tycoon Dennis Uy and China Telecom, was selected as the "provisional" third player on Wednesday after 2 other bidders were disqualified for failure to meet requirements, the Singson-backed Sear consortium and Philippine Telephone and Telegraph Corp.

Singson claimed Mislatel violated regulations when it used a franchise that already had an "exclusive" binding agreement with one of Sear's partners, Tier1.

"Gumamit sila ng prangkisa na nakipag-negotiate na sa grupo namin tapos naghanap ng iba, nakipaglaro kaya bumili ulit kami ng ibang prangkisa to be safe," he told radio DZMM.
 
(They used a franchise that negotiated with our group and looked for another firm, prompting us to look for another franchise just to be safe.) 

"Hindi dapat nila ginamit iyun dahil committed na, pirmado... Misleading iyung ginawa nila," he added. 

(They shouldn't have used that because it was already committed, signed. What they did was misleading.) 

Singson said his camp would file a motion for reconsideration before the National Telecommunications Commission. 

Tier1 is also securing a letter of credit, the requirement it failed to produce in time for the bidding, which led to the firm's disqualification, he said.

"We're very confident na kami pa rin ang mananalo d'yan because of those developments... Hindi kami nag-violate, na-delay lang iyung LC (letter of credit)," he said.

(We're very confident that we will still win because of those developments. We did not violate anything, our LC was just delayed.) 

Tier1 earlier questioned the bidding requirement for a P700 million security fee, saying that the rules of the selection process were changed at the homestretch. 

The other disqualified bidder, PT&T, challenged the selection process before a Makati City court.