Mislatel needs 'official' act from both Senate, House: DICT


Posted at Feb 19 2019 12:40 PM

Mislatel needs 'official' act from both Senate, House: DICT 1
Businessman Dennis Uy, an investor in the Mislatel consortium, speaks before a Senate hearing. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News/File

MANILA -- The Department of Information and Communications Technology said Tuesday it would ask the House to concur with a Senate resolution that approved the change in ownership of the designated third telco, Mislatel.

The officer in charge of the DICT, Eliseo Rio, said he agreed with Sen. Grace Poe that the Senate resolution need not be approved in a bicameral conference with the House.

To "exercise prudence," Rio said the National Telecommunications Commission will ask the House to "issue a formal declaration to the effect that it does not object to the Senate Resolution" before a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity can be issued to Mislatel.

The DICT will wait for official acts from the Senate and the House, Rio said.

"Until this is done, in order not to pre-empt Congress and in due regard to the separation of powers of the legislative and the," he said.

Mislatel, composed of China Telecom and businessman Dennis Uy's Udenna Corp and Chelsea Logistics won rights to mount a challenge against PLDT Inc and Globe Telecom.