The story below describes the second forced removal of a Chairman of the Philippines telecom regulatory agency since November 2006. They are approaching the Sri Lankan benchmark of three Directors General of Telecom in one year (achieved in 2005). What is interesting is what impact this activity will have on the generally satisfactory Philippines TRE performance recorded in mid 2006 (before the firing habit caught on).
An ally of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in the House of Representatives said on Tuesday commissioners and deputy commissioners of the National Telecommunications Commission must be given fixed terms of office to insulate the quasi-judicial body from political influence.
Catanduanes Representative Joseph Santiago, chair of the House committee on information and communication technology, made the statement following Arroyo’s decision last week to hastily sack NTC commissioner Abraham Abesamis.
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