After a network franchise issue that led to its closure (and finally, admitting that the Lopezes are oligarchs), President Rodrigo Roa Duterte turned his ire on two giant telcos in a fit to improve their internet and communications services.
Duterte gave Globe Telecom and Smart Communications ultimatum to fix their services until December, this year, or the country will do away with them.
“If you are not ready to improve, I might just as well close all of you and revert back to the line telephone. At kukunin ko ‘yan, i-expropriate ko sa gobyerno. ‘Yung Smart, pati ‘yung Globe, ilang taon na ito? At ang sagot palagi sa akin, ‘The party cannot be reached.’ Eh kung gano’n lang naman, ibigay ninyo sa amin,” Duterte said in anger.
Following the President’s statement, Senate President Vicente Sotto III warned the giant telcos to listen to Duterte’s words. “If I were the telcos I will take the threat of the President seriously,” Sotto told reporters.
The threat gained mixed reactions and only contributed to rumours that the President is giving favors to the operation of a new third telco player in the country.
“Kindly improve the services before December. I want to call Jesus Christ to Bethlehem. Better have that line cleared,” Duterte said.