“There will be no opening. I assure you na lahat ng franchise ‘yan hindi i-implement — hindi ko i-implement ‘yan hanggang they settle their full accounts with government,” President Rodrigo Duterte said during his January 18 address to nation without mentioning a specific company.
“You can have a thousand franchise. You will not see the light of day there until you come to government with clean hands. Ika nga eh: He who comes [in]to equity must come with clean hands,” President Duterte added.
“So kaya ‘yung sabihin na maligaya kayo. Wala akong galit. Bayaran mo lang ang gobyerno, ako sasaludo ako sa inyo limang beses in full attention. Hindi ako magalit. Presidente ako eh, ‘yung maliliit na bagay na ganoon personal. But the bigger issue, the bigger picture in the background is really ‘yung mga atraso ninyo sa taxes. Iyan ang totoo diyan,” the President added.
“No franchise will ever be implemented. Maski na bigyan ninyo ng 5,000 franchise ‘yan. Hindi ko i-implement ‘yan. Settle your accounts with government,” he added. “Iyong lupa ninyo na ang binabayad ninyong taxes, you are occupying something like 44,000 square meters, nasa sinubmit ninyo na mapa ng lupa is four hectares.”
“Kaya kayong Pilipino, kayo namang galit na galit na galit, hindi niyo alam buti kayo kay mayaman. Iyong mga mahihirap na umaasa lang rin, itong mga vaccine, gobyerno ang maggastos. Akala ninyo ganoon lang kadali,” he noted.
“Sabihan niyo ‘yang amo ninyo, bayaran ang tamang buwis. And before opening, we will have a short — short, very short serious talk. Do not compel me to do something which is not lawful. Just because you give them a franchise, it does not follow that all of their misdeeds in the past are condoned and forgiven,” he added.