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Alejano to Duterte: Mislatel should follow legal procedures

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By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN

The selection of Mislatel Consortium as third telecommunications player should meet legal requirements and abide by the legal processes, Magdalo Party-List Representative Gary Alejano said.

Alejano’s statement came after President Rodrigo Duterte recently warned local courts against issuing temporary restraining orders for the projects of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT).

“If the selection of Mislatel is in accordance with established rules, guidelines, and existing laws, there is no need to worry about any legal impediment,” said Alejano.

Worrying over possible injunctions “will only cast doubt on the legitimacy of the selection process of the third telco player,” he added.

The senatorial aspirant said that officials of the Executive Branch should stop threatening the courts from carrying out their independent mandate.

“The courts should not be prevented from performing their functions especially when there are clear legal violations,” said Alejano.

Last December, the House committee on legislative franchises has approved the transfer of controlling shares of the Mindanao Islamic Telephone Company (MISLATEL) to the Dennis Uy-led consortium of Udenna Corporation-Chelsea Logistics and China Telecom.

The said transfer of MISLATEL’s controlling shares has already been recommended for second reading discussions in the House plenary.

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