MANILA - (UPDATE) Former Senator Gregorio "Gringo" Honasan has taken his oath as secretary of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea said Monday.
“Took his oath DICT Secretary earlier. He is now in the Cabinet meeting,” Medialdea said in a text message.
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo also said Honasan took his oath before the Cabinet meeting.
Senator Christopher “Bong” Go, who is attending the Cabinet meeting, likewise confirmed the information.
Senator Panfilo Lacson took to social media to congratulate his former colleague.
“My heartfelt congratulations to my classmate, colleague and friend, DICT Secretary Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan who is about to take his oath of office anytime now, before the scheduled cabinet meeting in Malacañang today. Godspeed Mistah!” Lacson posted.
President Rodrigo Duterte appointed Honasan as DICT secretary last November.
He replaced DICT officer-in-charge Eliseo Rio, who served as head of the National Telecommunications Commission during the time of former President and now House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.