19 February 2019 — The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) has ordered the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) to seek finality on the Congress resolution involving the Mislatel franchise.
According to Acting DICT Secretary Eliseo M. Rio Jr., there is still a need for the House of Representatives to formally adopt the Senate Resolution on the transfer of ownership of Mislatel before the NMP title holder can obtain its Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) from the NTC.
“[The] DICT is instructing NTC to exercise prudence by way of requesting the House to issue a formal declaration to the effect that it does not object to the Senate Resolution, prior to the issuance of the CPCN to Mislatel Consortium,” Rio said in a statement.
Although concurring to Senator Grace Poe that a bicameral procedure is not necessary anymore to address the matter, Rio insisted it is best to wait for the official act of the Lower House out of respect for the legislative process.
“Until this is done, in order not to pre-empt Congress and in due regard to the separation of powers of the legislative and the executive, the DICT cannot take further action on the matter,” he said.