Senator Grace Poe warned DITO Telecommunity of possible franchise revocation should it fail to deliver its first-year commitment by July 2021. “Kung hindi pa sila talagang nakakapagbigay ng kanilang mga prinomeso, e maaari na talagang bawiin yung kanilang prangkisa,” Poe said in an interview with DZMM Teleradyo.
“Ang DITO, ang kanilang franchise ay hindi 25 years ha. Hanggang 2023 lang, sapagkat nag-take over lang sila ng existing franchise. So kung yan ang magiging basehan, e kung hindi talaga silang nagbigay ng kanilang mga napangako at ang serbisyo nila ay hindi maganda, by 2023 pwedeng i-cancel ang kanilang prangkisa,” she added.
Poe’s remarks came after President Rodrigo Duterte’s threat of expropriation at SONA against DITO’s rivals if they fail to improve by December. DITO was supposed to deliver 2,500 cell sites by July this year but failed, leading the company to ask the government to move its technical audit in January. Owned by Davao-based businessman and presidential friend Dennis Uy, and China Telecom, the company is set to launch in March next year.