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Saktong Pamasko! Duterte vows 3rd telco player to be known by Christmas


By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte is set on having a third major telecommunications carrier enter the Philippines “by Christmas.” The entry of a new player will pave the way for faster internet services in the country.

“By Christmas alam na ng mga tao kung sino ang third player,” Duterte said in a one-on-one interview with Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo in Malacanang.

According to him, he has already grown impatient with the delay in the entry of the third telco.

“I have been waiting for that critical decision, until now, wala,” the President said. “I will maybe late, early November ‘pag wala pa, I will take over. Ilagay ko yan sa Office of the President. And, I will invite all dito, negosyante, and I will decide in front of them kung sino.”

Duterte also assured the public his chosen entity will have the “best track record.”

“I will select ‘yung may pinakamagandang record na walang break down. So what why should I buy the cheapest? Lowest bid, lowest bid puro katarantaduhan yan. Maya maya natutunaw na ang kuryente. I will choose the best ‘yung pinaka mahal and the best track record in the business,” he said.