DICT chief threatens to resign if overruled by telco oversight committee

Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) acting secretary Eliseo M. Rio Jr. reportedly said he will quit his post if he is outvoted by the oversight committee for the entry of the third major telecommunications player in the country.

Rio appeared to make the declaration in an answer to a query made by a Facebook user on what he will do if the committee will set aside the results of the voting during the public consultation meeting wherein participants chose overwhelmingly the DICT’s highest committed level of service or HCLOS over auction, the preferred mode of entry by the Department of Finance (DOF).

Iba boto ko sa members ng Oversight Committee para e-override ang objection ng DOF. Pag natalo ako sa botohan, magre-resign na ako,” Rio said in his reply.

The oversight committee, which is composed of representatives from the DICT, DOF, Office of the Executive Secretary and the National Security Adviser, is set to meet this Friday, July 20, to discuss the voting results.

Rio explained that the requirements set by DOF secretary Dominguez have already been met.

May sapat [n]ang frequencies ang third player. May access na sa dark fiber ng Transco. Mababa na ang interconnection charges at may common tower policy na tayo. So wala na dapat objection ang DOF sa Friday,” he declared.

Newsbytes.PH tried to verify the message with Rio via Facebook, but he neither confirmed nor denied his statement.

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