- President Rodrigo Duterte mentioned several telecommunication firms during his fifth SONA
- He warned Globe and Smart that they will be closed down if their services will not improve
- The country’s chief executive also gave an ultimatum to the said companies
- Globe immediately issued a statement in response to what President Duterte said
Globe Telecommunications Inc. issued a statement shortly after the company was mentioned in President Rodrigo Duterte’s State of the Nation Address (SONA).
KAMI learned that the chief executive warned several big telco firms in the Philippines that they might be closed down if they will not improve their services.
Before giving an ultimatum, the 75-year-old politician claimed that the patience of Filipinos with Globe and Smart are already at its “limit.”
“Maghanap kayo because 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, ieexpropriate ko. I’ll be straight. Smart pati itong Globe, ilang taon na ito? At ang sagot palagi sa akin, the party cannot be reached. Edi saan pala pumunta yung yawa na iyon?” he quipped.
“And you might not want what I intend to do with you. Kindly improve the services before December. I want to call Jesus Christ to Bethlehem, better have that line cleared,” he added.
Through a statement released on Monday, Globe responded to the President by saying that the management heeds his call for an improved service for the Filipinos.
It also mentioned that its multi-billion dollar investments in the past, which were intended to make the company’s services better, are already paying off.
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Globe pointed out that it was able to help many people. It said that it has already provided a total of 1.3 billion in combined services and assistance.
"We heed the call of the president to improve telco services. Service performance and increased consumer demand for data are the key reasons why we have been investing billions of dollars to upgrade and improve our network," the firm stated.
"These substantial investments are paying off as we experience marked service improvements… Globally, we are being cited for having improved internet experience… Although we have seen marked improvements, the industry is not without its challenges,” it added.
President Rodrigo Duterte is one of the most popular and trusted government officials in the country, based on the previous surveys conducted.
He recently received a strong message from Nikki Valdez, a Filipina actress who admitted to voting for him during the 2016 elections.
The Davaoeño politician also humbly sought the help of God amid the novel coronavirus crisis.
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