By Genalyn Kabiling
The nation can look forward to “a climate of good and efficient services” following the entry of Mislatel Consortium as the country’s third telecommunications player breaking the duopoly, Malacañang said Thursday.
Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo said the consortium emerged as the provisional new major player following a “fair,” “transparent” and legal selection process by the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC).
“We welcome the entry of a third telecommunications player in the country as a positive development. Our people have long waited for a reliable, efficient, and inexpensive telecommunications service. The President’s strong political will has laid the foundation for its realization,” he said in a statement.
“Genuine competition in the telecommunications industry can come about only with a new major player which will break the existing duopoly thereby creating the climate of good and efficient services for Filipinos,” he added.
The consortium, comprising China Telecom and Davao-based businessman Dennis Uy’s Udenna and Chelsea Logistics Holdings, become the lone qualified bidder during a NTC process last Wednesday.
Two other bidders, namely Sear Telecom Consortium of Tier One Communications and LCS Group as well as Philippine Telegraph and Telephone (PT&T), were disqualified reportedly due to incomplete documents.
Panelo said when NTC opened the bidding for a third telco player, Mislatel Consortium passed NTC’s preliminary selection process. “There was a transparent, fair, public and open selection process, done in accordance with laws, as well as with pertinent rules and regulations,” he said.
He said Mislatel, complying with legal and constitutional requirements, won over two other bidders.
“Impositions in favor of the government and the end users have been made such as the requirement of performance bonds to ensure sound performance by the new player,” he said.
Panelo said losing bidders could still appeal their cases before appropriate agencies “in the spirit of fairness.”
Amid efforts to allow a third telco player in the country, Panelo noted the nation has seen the President’s “assertive and bold leadership style.”
He said when the President sets policies, he does not micromanage the assignments given to his alter egos.
“He does not interfere with the work of his Cabinet members and top officials as long as they properly execute their mandates in accordance with the law and the promises he made to the people,” he said.
“The entry of the third player is another shining example of the brand of governance that the President has trail blazed for emulation,” he added.
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