DICT Secretary Eliseo M. Rio Jr. belies the malicious rumors that have been circulating in the social media that the allegations that they favored Mislatel Consortium to win the third telco license during the bidding process that was recently decided.
In the text message sent by the DICT Chief to THEPHILBIZNEWS in the morning of November 26, asking us to read his 3 parts posts in his Facebook account to answer the issues that tend to infer that the bidding was rigged to favor one of President Rodrigo Duterte’s alleged campaign financiers and trusted ally Dennis Uy, to bag the new major telco player.
Rio, clarified that the selection process was aboveboard and beyond reproach which was also discussed during the public hearing on the selection process of the third major telco held last August 23, held at the Novotel Araneta Center Cubao, Quezon City.
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“We simply looked at documents, not the personalities. It was an exercise on objectivity. The bidding was done in the most transparent and open manner. Despite this, the losers still impute that the process was rigged to favor Mislatel,” Rio explained.
Mislatel was named the new 3rd major player and was the only compliant bidder during the auction held on November 7. The Mindanao Islamic Telephone Corp. is a consortium of Udenna Corp., Chelsea Logistics Holdings Corp. and China Telecom Corp. Ltd. They committed to cover 84-percent of the Philippine barangays with a minimum Internet speed of 55 Mbps through a five-year P257-billion capital and operation expenditures program.
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