Former Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Undersecretary Eliseo Rio doubted the ability of Ramon ‘RJ’ Jacinto who replaced him in the agency.

On May 22, the same day when Malacanang received Rio’s resignation, President Rodrigo Duterte appointed Jacinto as the new DICT undersecretary.

Jacinto previously served under the Duterte administration as the Presidential Adviser on Economic Affairs and Information Technology Communications with the rank of undersecretary.

Rio pointed out that Jacinto to be rather underqualified for the position based on Section 11 of Republic Act 10844.

Under the law, the DICT secretary, undersecretary, and assistant secretary must have at least seven years of experience in the following fields: information and communications technology, information technology service management, information security management, cybersecurity, data privacy, e-commerce, or even human capital development in the ICT sector.

Rio and Jacinto had previous disagreements with the government’s common tower policy.

A former brigadier general of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and chief of the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), Rio contradicted Jacinto’s proposal that the government should restrict to two common tower providers for the first four years once implemented. Rio insisted that it violates the Constitution’s principle of monopoly.

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