ANOTHER EX-MILITARY MAN | Honasan accepts DICT appointment

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NOVEMBER 9, 2018 – Senator Gregorio Honasan II confirmed on Friday that he has accepted the offer for him to lead the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT).

“For a better Philippines, a better government, for the Filipino people, and for a better future for our most precious children, I have decided to accept the offer of the President to help lead the DICT,” he announced in a statement.

Honasan’s acceptance of the post came two days after the Mislatel Consortium was named the provisional third telco player in the country. The group includes the China Telecoms, Chelsea Logistics and Udenna Corp. owned by Davao-based businessman Dennis Uy.

DICT will be the lead agency that will oversee the formal entry of the third player into the telco industry.

The Palace earlier neither denied nor confirmed that Honasan was given the Cabinet seat. But President Rodrigo Duterte said last night Honasan is considering to become the next head of DICT currently led by Acting Secretary Eliseo Rio, Jr.

“Ako naman, I invited him; sabi ko: ‘If you are not doing anything and if you will not run again, why don’t you join me in a quest for a better Philippines and a better government?,” Duterte told reporters.

Senate President Vicente Sotto III also confirmed on Wednesday that Honasan’s appointment papers may be released next week.

Honasan is set to serve the Senate until the Commission on Appointment confirms his DICT position, Sotto said. He believed Honasan, whom he said still owns a Nokia 3210, will be an asset to the agency.

“Ang nakikita lang natin sa DICT, ‘yung communications and technology. Hindi eh. Ang laking factor doon nung national security, even the entry of third telco – medyo malaki na ‘yung expertise ni Honasan,” the Senate leader asserted.

Prior to being elected as senator in 1995, Honasan led the Reformed the Armed Forces movement which mounted a military uprising against the Marcos dictatorship. He also participated in two failed coup attempts against the Corazon Aquino administration.

He is also the latest ex-military officer to join the Cabinet appointees of Duterte, which included Rolly Bautista of the Department of Social Welfare and Development and Eduardo Año of the Department of Interior and Local Government.

The President has declared several times his preference for military officers over civilians in leading the government as they follow orders right away.