By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN
House Deputy Minority Floor Leader Carlos Zarate has scored telco-giant Globe Telecoms over its alleged profit-driven scheme in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic and the suffering being experienced by Filipinos due to the Luzon locksdown.
Zarate, representative of party-list group Bayan Muna, said Globe “is still making money out this crisis” with its new promotional gimmickry—the pre-loaded connectivity program to frontliners in the fight against the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
“Wala ba silang maibahagi man lamang sa P149 bilyon nilang kita noong 2019 bilang ayuda sa mga apektadong mga mahihirap nilang mga subscribers?” Zarate asked.
Instead of giving free calls to its prepaid subscribers, Zarate said “what Globe did was just to roll out schemes for subscribers to borrow load or subscribe to promos,” and even worst, the Ayala-owned firm even “entice their postpaid subscribers to donate their Globe rewards in battling COVID.”
“Bakit ang mga postpaid subscribers gusto nila i-donate na lang ang mga earned rewards pero sila ano naman ang ibinibigay nilang direktang ayuda sa mga apektadong mamamayan?” he added.
Last week, Zarate asked the country’s two biggest telecommunications companies—Globe and PLDT—to give free load and data to their prepaid subscribers because they cannot go out and do not have money due to the lockdown.
But instead heeding to his call, its seems that profiteering is still the priority of the Ayala-led firm despite the ongoing health crisis.
“Bigyan na ng libreng load maski 30 minute worth ng call ang kanilang mga subscribers, lalo pa at hahabaan pa ang lockdown period,” said Zarate.