Honasan ac­cepts of­fer to lead DICT

Tempo - - Front Page - (Mario B. Casayu­ran)

Sen. Gre­go­rio “Gringo” B. Honasan II, a mem­ber of the Se­nate ma­jor­ity bloc, yes­ter­day ac­cepted the of­fer of Pres­i­dent Duterte to lead the De­part­ment of In­for­ma­tion and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Tech­nol­ogy.

Honasan, chair­per­son of the Se­nate Na­tional De­fense and Se­cu­rity Com­mit­tee, said he ac­cepted the Cab­i­net post “for a bet­ter Philip­pines, a bet­ter gov­ern­ment, for the Filipino peo­ple, and for a bet­ter fu­ture for our most pre­cious chil­dren.”

Se­nate Pres­i­dent Vi­cente “Tito” C. Sotto III said the Se­nate would miss Honasan, adding that Honasan would be an as­set to the Ex­ec­u­tive de­part­ment.

Hon a san’ s col­leagues con­grat­u­lated him on his ap­point­ment.

Sen. Fran­cis Joseph “Chiz” G. Es­cud­ero wished him well and said he would miss his “kababayan” in the Se­nate. Honasan and Es­cud­ero are from Sor­so­gon.

Sen. Sher­win T. Gatchalian, chair­per­son of the Se­nate Eco­nomic Af­fairs and En­ergy Com­mit­tees, said Honasan would be able to im­prove the qual­ity of tele­coms ser­vices in the coun­try.

Gatchalian said that for many years, Filipinos have suf­fered from the slow­est In­ter­net speed in the Asia-Pa­cific re­gion.

“Ac­cord­ing to the 2017 re­port of Aka­mai, an In­ter­net speed mea­sur­ing plat­form, the Philip­pines has the slow­est In­ter­net speed across the Asia-Pa­cific at 5.5 mpbs. At hindi lang so­brang maba­gal ang In­ter­net speed sa atin, so­brang ma­hal pa!’’ Gatchalian said.

“It’s time to crack the whip on the abuses by the tele­com du­op­oly,” Gatchalian said, ap­par­ently re­fer­ring to the two telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions gi­ants Smart and Globe.

“Sen. Honasan is known as a pas­sion­ate pub­lic ser­vant and a dis­ci­plinar­ian. I am very con­fi­dent that with his long ex­pe­ri­ence in gov­ern­ment, he will be able to tear down the reg­u­la­tory cap­ture in DICT and im­prove the qual­ity and ser­vice of the tele­com op­er­a­tors in our coun­try,’’ he added.

Sen. Pan­filo “Ping” M. Lac­son, chair­per­son of the Se­nate Pub­lic Or­der and Dan­ger­ous Drugs Com­mit­tee, said he would def­i­nitely miss Honasan for many rea­sons, in­clud­ing the com­mit­tee hear­ings that both pro­vided each other the quo­rum needed to con­duct busi­ness.


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