Honasan accepts DICT post

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 9) — Senator Gringo Honasan will be the next Department of Information and Communications Technology chief.

A Senate tweet on Friday quoting him read, "For a better Philippines, a better government, for the Filipino people, and for a better future for our most precious children, I have decided to accept the offer of the President to help lead the DICT."

Honasan, whose second term ends in 2019, is a former rebel soldier. He currently heads the Senate defense and peace committees.

Senate President Tito Sotto said Honasan might be appointed by the Commission on Appointments as early as November 12  when Congress resumes session.

Rumors of Honasan's appointment have gone around for months, but Duterte confirmed the plans on Thursday evening.

Malacañang said it is glad Honasan accepted the offer to join the Duterte cabinet, in light of the entry of a new major telecommunications player.

"We are confident that the senator would provide good direction and sound management to the DICT, consistent with the President's priority programs beneficial to Filipino consumers in the areas of information, communications and technology," Presidential Spokesperson Sal Panelo said in a statement Friday.

The senator will replace incumbent DICT chief Eliseo Rio Jr.