By Argyll Cyrus Geducos
Malacañang is elated that Sen. Gringo Honasan has decided to join President Duterte’s Cabinet as the latter accepted the offer to head the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT).
Honasan’s acceptance came a few hours after Duterte confirmed that he offered the said post currently held by Eliseo Rio to Honasan.
In a statement, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said Honasan will be able to lead the DICT well, especially with the entry of the third telecommunications player in the country.
“We are glad that Sen. Gregorio Honasan has accepted the offer of the President to join his official family and head the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT),” he said.
“With the entry of a provisional new major player in the telecommunications industry, we are confident that the senator would provide good direction and sound management to the DICT, consistent with the President’s priority programs beneficial to Filipino consumers in the areas of information, communications and technology,” he added.
“For now, we congratulate Senator Honasan and wish him all the best as he undertakes genuine reforms in the DICT,” he continued.
In an interview with reporters in Boracay Thursday evening, Duterte confirmed that he offered the post to Honasan but said he is unsure if the senator will be accepting his offer.
“I think he’s considering the possibility. Ako naman (Me), I invited him. Sabi ko (I told him), ‘If you are not doing anything and if you will not run again, so why don’t you join me in our quest for a better Philippines a better government,'” Duterte said Thursday evening.
Honasan would be the third head of the government’s newest agency. The first was Rodolfo Salalima who was appointed by Duterte to the said post at the start of his presidency.
Duterte, however, asked Salalima to resign due to conflict of interest and for not attending to proposals of other foreign companies to set up a telecommunications company in the country.
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