Senate President Tito Sotto believes his BFF, former Senator Gringo Honasan, was just being “conservative” when he remarked that the country’s chronically slow internet connection was “not so bad.”
Sotto took the back of Honasan, the Secretary of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), who has been criticized for telling lawmakers that the country was not dooing “too badly” when the the Philippine download speed was clocking in at onlythree to 5 Mbps (megabits per second) compared to 55 MBPS in other countries.
“Knowing him, he does not want to lie. Conservative ‘yun. Hindi niya masabing ganoon, kulang pa, nangangailangan kami, so sinabi niya not so bad,” said Sotto in an interview with DWIZ radio.
“Conservative statement ang kanyang ginawa. Kesa naman magyabang na hindi naman totoo, sabihin niya, ayos, ha? Knowing him, ayaw magsinungaling,” he added.
Despite being criticized for his lack of technology savvy, Sotto was confident in Honasan’s ability to lead the DICT.
“Magaling mag aral yun at saka ang daming nakapaligid doon na mga eksperto. Talagang ano lang tayo, kailangan lang ng funding para maimprove talaga natin yan, funding. At yung telcos, dapat makisama ng mabuti, iimprove yung mga kagamitan, iimprove, damihan ang mga cell sites,” said Sotto.
Honasan’s fellow graduate of the Philippine Military Academy, Senator Ping Lacson, reckoned that ‘not so bad’ may sound worse than ‘not so good’.”