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Honasan accepts Duterte's offer to run DICT



Administration Senator Gregory Honasan II says he has decided to accept a bid for better Filipinos, a better government, for the Filipino people, and for a better future for our most precious children.

Posted 10.52 on November 09, 2018

Updated 11:00, November 09, 2018

NEW PUBLICATION. Outgoing Senator Gregory Honasan II says he has accepted the offer of President Rodrigo Duterte at the head of the Information and Communication Technology Department. Photo of Angie de Silva / Rappler

NEW PUBLICATION. Outgoing Senator Gregory Honasan II says he has accepted the offer of President Rodrigo Duterte at the head of the Information and Communication Technology Department. Photo of Angie de Silva / Rappler

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Gregory Honasan II confirmed on Friday (November 9th) the acceptance of the offer by President Rodrigo Duterte at the head of the Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT).

"For a better Philippine, a better government, for Filipino people, and for a better future for the most precious children, I have decided to accept the president's offer to help guide DICT," Honasan said in a brief statement.

Honasan, whose term expires on June 30, 2019, was silent. It was his friends and allies, Senate President Vicente Sotto III, and Senator Panfilo Lacson, who earlier announced his arrival as Secretary of the DICT.

Honasan's appointment comes as a result of the continued selection of the third country telecommunications player. (Read: Consortium of Dennis Uy-China Telecom, which was temporarily proclaimed third telecommunications)

Duterte was set to appoint Honasan next week or already on Monday, November 12, following the session's resumption. The decision was formalized when Sotto, Honasan and Lacson met earlier with President Rodrigo Duterte in Davao City on October 29.

Since Honasan will be appointed during the congress (regular meeting), Sotto said that Honasan would still be able to remain as a senator, waiting for the Appointment Commission (CA) confirmation.

Subota said that CA would probably confirm Honasan before the congress went on a Christmas holiday. Traditionally and as "courtesy," Sotto said, AK members are mild to nominees who are former members of the Senate.

"He'll be in DICT kasi ang malaking factor doon ang (because a big factor exists) national security, even the entry of a third party, "Sotto said.

Tips for friends

As for friendly advice, Lacson said that he and Sotto told Honasa to "ban" his "jury" mobile phone.

"By the way, the first advice from President Senate Sotto and I gave him when he first entrusted the presidential bid is to immediately bundle and replace his jure cell phone unit to at least appear techie," Lacson said in joke.

Honasan's entry as head of DICT would mean another former military man in Duterte's administration. Duterte had earlier justified the "militarization" of his administration, saying he preferred former soldiers who followed the orders and had difficulty discussing it with him.

Honasan is a four-year senator who graduated from the Philadelphia Military Academy (PMA) in 1971 (READ: 10 Things to Know About Gringo Honasanu)

Together with his PMA colleagues, he later founded the Armed Forces Reform which recruited soldiers to fight against the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos. However, Honasan also led to several failed attempts to occupy former President Corinth Aquinas.

At the 17th congress, Honasan serves as chairman of the Senate Committees for National Defense and Security, and for peace, unification and reconciliation. (READ: Senate Inactivity in China: no queries in the middle of militarization) – Rappler.com


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