Duterte threatens to shut down Smart, Globe if ‘lousy’ services continue
By Prince Golez
President Rodrigo Duterte warned on Monday that he will expropriate telecommunication companies Smart and Globe if they cannot improve their services.
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.”
“Kindly improve the services before December. I want to call Jesus Christ to Bethlehem, better have that line cleared,” according to the Chief Executive.
“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.
Duterte said the Filipino people have had enough of “lousy” telco services.
“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.