DICT Chief says 3rd Telco selection did not favour Dennis Uy

The consortium of Davao businessman Dennis Uy and China Telecom, which won provisional rights to establish a third telco, were not favored by a government selection committee, one of the officials who oversaw the search said Wednesday.

Mislatel won because its rivals, Philippine Telegraph and Telephone Corp and Sear, which includes former Ilocos Sur Gov. Luis “Chavit” Singson, failed to meet bidding requirements, said Acting Information and Communications Technology Secretary Eliseo Rio.

“It was done not because we favored Dennis Uy,” Rio told ANC’s Headstart. “The two were disqualified because of their own actions.”

Sear failed to pay a P700-million participation bond while PT&T did not have a certification of 10 years experience. Mislatel had both, Rio said.

“We did not look at personalities. We looked at documents. We did not look at whoever are close to the President,” Rio said.

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