The process to declare Mislatel Consortium as the third telco player can now proceed after the Philippine Telegraph and Telephone Corp. (PT&T) and the Singson-led Sear Telecom recalled their appeal for their disqualifications before the National Telecommunications Communications (NTC).
In a radio interview, Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) acting Secretary Eliseo Rio Jr. said they have just waited for the appeals of PT&T and Sear Telecom before announcing a final decision, but since the companies withdrew the petition, the DICT could formally declare Mislatel as the new major telco player.
To recall, the NTC declared the Mislatel Consortium — composed of Dennis Uy’s Udenna Corp., its subsidiary Chelsea Logistics, franchise holder Mindanao Islamic Telephone Co. and foreign partner China Telecom — as the provisional third telco on 7 November.
But after the declaration, PT&T filed a petition before the Supreme Court (SC) to reverse its disqualification in the selection process for the third telco initiative.
The petition for certiorari assailed the NTC and the selection committee for the new major player for “grave abuse of discretion” when they refused to certify PT&T has the required technical capability to take part in the bidding.
In a letter to the NTC, the lawyers of PT&T belonging to the Zamora and Poblador Law Offices informed the commission of the SC petition and asked it to “secure the location or material where the First and Second Submission Packages are currently stored in order to preserve the integrity of the selection process.”
“That does not anymore affect the selection process,” Rio said.
Meanwhile, Sear Telecom — the consortium of TierOne Communications International and Chavit Singson-led LCS Group of Companies — said Wednesday it would no longer appeal the decision of the NTC to disqualify the group from the selection process.
“Sears, since Thursday did not appeal. As far as Sears is concerned, they are done with the process,” said Rio.