Duterte Warned LGUs to Issue Telco Permits to Improve Connectivity in the Country
President Rodrigo Duterte warned the local government units (LGUs) to issue telecommunication permits in 3 days to help improve the connectivity in the country.
Duterte wants the local government to act on permit applications of telecommunications firms within 3 three days. This would help the country connectivity improve.
He warned the municipal and city councils to release the permits in the span of three days starting now. If the local governments have failed to comply on the given date, Duterte said he will immediately direct fiscals to file a case against them.
“I’m telling you now. You municipal, city [councils] or I don’t know if the provincial board is included. If you do not release [the permits] beginning today, I am going to give you exactly three days to report to the Department of the Interior and Local Government,” the President said.
“If you fail to do that, I am directing fiscals to file the case immediately… I’ll see to it that you will be suspended as a form of punishment, but I would prefer that you be dismissed immediately and the courts are not to interfere.”
He further said: “The clock is ticking, except on days that we do not hold office.” Based on the report of Inquirer, Duterte issued the deadline and warning to LGUs in a televised address on Sunday night August 2, 2020.
On his address, he stresses that barangay officials who also caused delays in issuing permits are inevitable. He branded them as “the idiots and the lowlife in the lower echelons of government.”
“I want barangay captains, the idiots and the lowlife in the lower echelons of government, they should know that at least I may not be really the best. But I want to taste your agony and I want to taste your humiliation while I am here because you are a criminal,” he said.
Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque on Monday clarified that Duterte’s instruction “is an appeal to councils in the Philippines. Meanwhile, Ernest Cu told, CEO and president of Globe Telecom, told the President that it will take at about 28 to 30 permits and over 8 months to build just one tower.
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