NTC selection panel junks Sear, PT&T appeals for third telco bid

(Eagle News) — The National Telecommunications Commission’s selection committee has junked the appeal filed by  Sear Telecomunications Consortium for the panel to declare Mislatel Consortium — declared the country’s third provisional telco player—guilty of misrepresentation of facts and for concealing material evidence.

The panel also junked the appeal of the Philippine Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (PT&T)  after they were disqualified from bidding to be the country’s third telco player.

Sear had argued the partnership of Mindanao Islamic Telephone with Udenna Corporation, Chelsea Logistics Holdings Corporation, and China Telecom to form Mislatel was against NTC rules as the company has an exclusive contract with DigiPhil of TierOne Communications, which is part of Sear.

The committee also ruled that PT&T had submitted incomplete documents for their bid.

Both PT&T and Sear can appeal the panel’s decision before the NTC en banc, but only upon filing of an appeals fee worth P10 million.