Honasan took his oath of office before President Rodrigo Duterte on July 1, more than a year after his appointment paper as the new DICT head was signed on May 20, 2018.
He replaced Eliseo Rio, who held the post in acting capacity and is now undersecretary for operations.
Honasan’s appointment to DICT has been criticized, as Section 11 of the DICT Act states that no person shall be appointed secretary, undersecretary, or assistant secretary of the agency unless he or she has at least seven years of competence and expertise in any of the following: information and communications technology, information technology service management, information security management, cybersecurity, data privacy, e-commerce, and human development in the information communication technology sector.
Further, Article 6, Section 13 of the 1987 Constitution prohibits a senator or congressman from being appointed “to any office which may have been created…during the term for which he was elected.”
Honasan was a senator when the DICT Act was signed on May 23, 2016.
He was a member of the Philippine Military Academy’s class of 1981. He joined a series of uprisings against the late President Corazon Aquino, and was granted amnesty in 1992 by then President Fidel Ramos. Elected senator in 1995, Honasan was reelected in 2001, 2007, and 2013. He ran for vice president in 2016 but lost.