Lawmakers intimidate Globe, Smart telco franchises
House Minority Representatives are not happy with the telco services in the country and they plan to vote against the bill giving Smart Communications, Inc. another 25-year franchise.
Although the Congress already passed its version of the bill and is now pending in the Senate, House Minority leader Danilo Suarez intends to snub when it reach the bicameral conference committee.
Since the bill was already passed by the Majority, Buhay Party List Rep. Lito Atienza questions the approval despite the numerous complaints against the telco. Kabayan party-list Representative Harry Roque, on the other hand, mentioned that neither Smart nor Globe gives a quality reception in the congress building. He also has a standing resolution to make the telcos explain why Congress should not take back their franchises.
The threat is not limited to Smart as Globe Telecom, whose franchise is up for renewal soon, also angered Suarez stating that it’s easy to replace existing telcos by just looking for a third player.