President Duterte has made his stance on the sorry state of our telecommunications sector before and after the election, but in case the people behind Globe and PLDT didn’t hear, he reiterated his desire to open up the telecommunications and power sectors to foreign companies if those companies don’t provide better service.
“The only way to make this country move faster to benefit the poor is really to open up communications, the airwaves, and the entire energy sector. My decision now, at this moment is, bubuksan ko ang Pilipinas,” he said during a press conference after arriving from New Zealand, his stopover from a productive Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders Meeting.
“Who are the players? Who have the billions? ‘Multi’ is the first name, ‘billion’ is the last name. So why will I think twice? And I do not owe you anything. Precisely, I was avoiding you during the last election,” he said.
“You have the advantage. You are here already. Be content with that. But let us open everything para matapos na itong kalbaryo ng Pilipino,” he added.
For companies looking to enter the Philippines, the president says he would find ways to reduce red tape, and if possible, said that he would handle their applications personally.
“Kung gusto ko na lang siguro sa opisina na lang kayo magbigay ng application. Ako na magdala doon sa respective departments at ako na kukuha sa mismong resulta,” he said.