Honasan gets more sup­port as DICT chief

The Philippine Star - - NEWS - – Ce­cille Suerte Felipe

Sen. Gre­go­rio Honasan is get­ting more sup­port from his fel­low sen­a­tors over his ap­point­ment as sec­re­tary of the De­part­ment of In­for­ma­tion and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Tech­nol­ogy (DICT).

Sens. Cyn­thia Vil­lar and Aquilino Pi­mentel III ex­pressed be­lief that Honasan is ca­pa­ble and com­pe­tent to head the DICT, the gov­ern­ment agency re­spon­si­ble for the plan­ning, de­vel­op­ment and pro­mo­tion of the coun­try’s in­for­ma­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tions tech­nol­ogy (ICT) agenda in sup­port of na­tional de­vel­op­ment.

Vil­lar said Honasan is a grad­u­ate of the Philip­pine Mil­i­tary Academy and has knowl­edge of tech­nol­ogy.

“I think he knows what he is go­ing to do – the im­por­tant job of pre­vent­ing com­puter crimes,” she said.

Pi­mentel said Honasan has vast knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence to han­dle the de­part­ment.

Pi­mentel added Honasan served sev­eral terms as sen­a­tor and chair­man of the Se­nate com­mit­tee on na­tional de­fense, which also in­volved the is­sues of na­tional se­cu­rity and cy­ber se­cu­rity.

Pi­mentel said Honasan’s ap­point­ment to the DICT has noth­ing to do with the en­try of a third telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions player in the coun­try.

The sen­a­tors claimed that the DICT po­si­tion was of­fered to Honasan about six months ago but Honasan had to de­fer the de­ci­sion and thought first of help­ing the Se­nate in craft­ing some im­por­tant laws.

Pi­mentel said he does not see any ob­sta­cle in Honasan’s con­fir­ma­tion at the Com­mis­sion on Ap­point­ments (CA).

Vil­lar also clar­i­fied that the Vil­lar com­pany did not par­tic­i­pate in the bid­ding for the third telco, but her son Paolo merely tried to ac­quire com­mu­ni­ca­tion fran­chise for his com­mu­ni­ca­tion-re­lated busi­ness.

Vil­lar said her son al­ready has a com­mu­ni­ca­tions busi­ness.

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