THE public hearing on Mislatel as the third telco has been moved to next week due to the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping this week.
“Next week, we will resume our public hearing on the third telco and we will use the opportunity to delve into the details of the decision to choose Mislatel,” Poe said.
“Because of (Xi) State Visit, we had to move the date and make sure govt. officials are available. This week is busy for many and also post state visit on Thursday catching up with work.”
Poe, the chair of the Senate Committee on Public Service, said that they invited again the Department of Communications and Technology (DICT), National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) and Mislatel to get a better understanding of what they have to offer to the Filipino public.
“The government, particularly the DICT, has been working on a timeline for the bidding and selection of the third telco, something we badly need as we know that having a meaningful competition will translate to better service and lower costs,” Poe said.
In the coming hearing, national security experts and telco technology specialists will also be asked to explain the national security concerns given that a foreign entity is a partner of the selected third telco.
Poe also said that while the DITC and NTC assured the Senate that the selection process was without bias, it is imperative to look into the matter considering the objections of some quarters.
They will also insist on the requirement of the law that the third telco or its Filipino partner must secure a congressional franchise.