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Duterte threatens to shut down Smart, Globe if ‘lousy’ services continue

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By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte warned on Monday that he will expropriate telecommunication companies Smart and Globe if they cannot improve their services.

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During his fifth State of the Nation Address, Duterte threatened to revoke the licenses and frequencies of the local telcos should they fail to improve “before December.”

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“Kindly improve the services before December. I want to call Jesus Christ to Bethlehem, better have that line cleared,” according to the Chief Executive.

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“If you are not ready to improve, I might just as well close all of you and we revert back to the line telephone at kukunin ko yan, i-expropriate ko sa gobyerno,” he added.

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Duterte said the Filipino people have had enough of “lousy” telco services.

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“The patience of the Filipino people is reaching its limit, and I will be the one to articulate the anger of the Filipino people, and you might not want what I intend to do,” he concluded.

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