Globe President and CEO Ernest Cu went to Malacanan last night to discuss with President Duterte himself the permitting woes telcos go through in building cell towers all over the country.
The President himself revealed what transpired during his meeting with Cu during the airing of the IATF briefing early this morning.
The President jokingly warned Cu that he would hang him in one of Globe’s towers if no improvements would be made. “I will hang you in one of your towers. Sabi niya (he said) ‘Mayor, you cannot do that because there is no tower.’ The local governments are all f—–g it up,” Duterte revealed.
Cu also told Duterte that it takes about 28 to 38 permits and over eight months to build just one tower.
Cu, likewise, added that it takes them thousands of permits before they could put up five towers, apart from the numerous ‘tower fees’ they paid.
In response, Duterte said: “Alam mo ‘you can ask Bong (Senator Bong Go), or Sonny (Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III) or the generals, kay Sec. (Eduardo) Año. Isumbong niyo na lang ng diresto (you can report to them directly).”
“At ang order ko sa Cabinet ngayon is to really take the, ‘kung pinakamabigat, the most drastic measure that you can find, para magkaintindihan. This is my last mile,” Duterte stressed.
Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año said in the same briefing that the target was to cut the permitting process down to 16 to 20 days.