Duterte warns detractors of 3rd telco player

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President Rodrigo Duterte has issued warning to those who are standing in the way for the entry of third telecommunications company. This warning was issued during the February 5 Cabinet meeting.

“There was a request from Officer-in-Charge Secretary Rio that they be given two additional months or until May to award and to ensure that the third telecoms carrier is up and about, this was not approve in yesterday’s Cabinet meeting,” Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque said during February 6 press briefing.

“We stick it out with the original timeframe of a third telecoms player by March of this year,” he added.

“The President was empathic and issued a warning to the detractors of the entry of the third telecoms player not to test the will of government,” Roque added.

“The President was particularly displeased with the fact that in order to have a third telecoms player we would need to find frequencies to be allotted to the third telecom player and he was displeased with the fact that frequency given to a shell company CURE which apparently was given for free would have to be bought back by government in order that the third player could be given this frequencies,” he explained.

“The President rejected that proposal, that we pay for frequencies that we gave out for free and he warned everyone involved not to test the resolve of the President in allowing a third telecoms carrier to enter the country,” he said.

Source: https://pcoo.gov.ph/press_briefing/press-briefing-presidential-spokesperson-harry-roque-8/