Duterte threatened to circumcise MVP if he insisted on milking P3B from government: Buang ka!
President Rodrigo Duterte revealed that he threatened to circumcise PLDT-Smart Chair Manuel V. Pangilinan if he insisted on squeezing out P3 billion from the government in exchange for returning the idle frequencies in his portfolio.
In a speech Wednesday, Duterte recalled that he blew his top in a Cabinet meeting after he was told Pangilinan was demanding P3 billion for the frequencies that the government gave out for free.
Duterte planned to give the idle frequencies for a third telco player which he expected to smash the duopoly of PLDT-Smart and Globe and finally end the suffering of millions of Filipinos who have no choice but to endure weak signals, dropped calls, slow download, and insensitive customer service.
“Ah putang ina. Sabi ko talaga sa Cabinet member ‘yun. Sabi ko talaga kay, ‘putang ina sabihin mo ‘yan si… Tuliin ko siya uli. Sauli niya ‘yan two days’. ‘Yung isa, tawag, day after, sauli nila, ‘yung frequency sa telco,” said Duterte.
“Isauli ninyo sa gobyerno ‘yung frequency. Pero pabayarin pa. It was given to them for free. Tapos pagsauli, ayaw isauli kung — they acquired it with costs… Magbayad? Libre tapos ngayon ibinigay, magbayad ako? Nabuang ka?” he added.
Pangilinan promptly gave up the frequencies but has denied having demanded compensation for the 3G frequencies that fell into its lap when PLDT took over John Gokongwei’s Digitel.
But according to a January interview by Businessworld, a business newspaper controlled by Pangilinan, Pangilinan was quoted as saying that P3 billion would be a “good price” for possible compensation from the third player.
“I don’t know how much it would cost. It’s not really up to us, it’s with the NTC [National Telecommunications Commission]. It’s a good price, but it’s not up to us,’ Mr. Pangilinan told reporters on the sidelines of a Voyager Innovations, Inc. event on Jan. 18.
Even the National Telecommunications Commission led by Gamaliel Cordoba backed Pangilinan’s view that PLDT deserved compensation for the frequencies. Cordoba said the government would bid out the surrendered frequency with PLDT given monetary compensation.
Pangilinan and Cordoba retreated from the stand after Duterte warned them not to “fuck with the government.”