Rio competent to run DICT, online rights group says

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Posted at Nov 11 2018 04:59 PM | Updated as of Nov 11 2018 05:48 PM

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MANILA -- Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) officer-in-charge Eliseo Rio has the capacity and competence to run the agency and implement the reforms needed, an online rights group said Sunday.

This after Sen. Gringo Honasan accepted President Rodrigo Duterte's offer to head the agency.

Pierre Galla, co-founder of Democracy.net.ph, hailed Rio's accomplishments in his months' long stint in the agency.

"We want to point out to government that in the short time Rio was seated as acting secretary, he was able to push for ICT initiatives such as the Luzon bypass infrastructure, the deal with Transco and dark fiber and right now the third telco which is now nearing its completion," Galla told ANC Dateline.

"The choice is now between, I suppose, continuity of Rio for his competence, or for someone that the President appears to personally trust."

Meanwhile, Galla allayed cyber-security concerns if state-run China Telecom becomes the Philippines' third telco player.

"Cyber-security is a concern we all must have. In fact, it doesn't matter who the third telco is, cyber-security must be something we should be worried about," he said.

"While the People's Republic of China is doing cyber-espionage over states that it has interest in, so is the United States with the National Security Agency."