Senators grill 3rd telco

MISLATEL Consortium yesterday told the Senate hearing on the third telco that they aim to be the best telco (telecommunication company) even as they admitted that they do not have prior experience in the telecom business.

The consortium also submitted its roll-out plan during the hearing of the Senate Committee on Public Services chaired by Senator Grace Poe.

Dennis Uy, chief executive officer and president of Udenna Corporation, which is part of the Mislatel Consortium, said the roll-out plan details how they intend to achieve their commitments and protect national security.

“Humility aside, we don’t want to be just the third telco, we want to be the best telco — a telco that is fast, affordable, and, most importantly, secure,” Uy, who attended the hearing on the third telco for the first time, said reading his prepared statement.

But Uy also admitted during the questioning of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV that their consortium has no prior experience in managing a telecommunication company.

“You are aspiring to be the best, wala ka nga experience and Mislatel is not operational. It doesn’t connect,” Trillanes told Uy.

Uy countered that his consortium underwent the most rigid process before being selected to be the third telco.

“We want to assure the committee and the public na walang nilabag na kahit anong rules ang Mislatel at gagawin namin ang lahat para protektahan ang interest at seguridad ng Pilipinas,” he said.

Trillanes then divulged that during the bidding for the third telco, Uy was seen with the company of Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea and National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon.  He said that the group went to Davao on-board Uy’s private jet.

The senator said that this is highly questionable since the three government officials are members of the oversight committee on the third telco project.

Esperon admitted the Davao  trip with Uy but insisted that it doesn’t mean that they manipulated the process.