MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday ordered an investigation into courier company J&T Express, amid complaints from consumers and a viral video showing cargo mishandling.
In a streamed public address, Duterte said he is ordering the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) of the Philippine National Police (PNP), as well as the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to look into the complaints against the company.
He also ordered the Bureau of Internal Revenue to look into the company's finances.
"May isa dito na madalas akong makatanggap ng complaint. You better shape up. But I'd like you to know that I am ordering now, because CIDG is listening, the NBI to investigate you, at ang BIR to look into your finances," Duterte said, referring to the courier company.
(There is a company that I always receive complaints about. You better shape up. But I'd like you to know that I am ordering now, because CIDG is listening, the NBI to investigate you, and the BIR to look into your finances.)
"Yung mga padala, nawawala. Tapos pagdating, pinapalitan, wala nang laman," he added.
(The packages, they get lost. If they arrive, the contents are replaced.)
Duterte also referred to a viral video showing the company's warehouse personnel allegedly deliberately mishandling parcel.
The workers in the video placed goods on the ground and were not wearing protective gear required during the coronavirus pandemic.
If the company is proven guilty of the complaints against it, Duterte said he will shut it down.
"It's not really one or two incidents na itinapon ninyo. Hindi masyado 'yung sa handling of the cargo. It's the lost cargo or cargo na pinalitan ninyo. As a courier, a company registered as a courier, I would like, because of so many complaints, but I will close you down," he said.
(It's not really one or two incidents that you throw it. It's not really the mishandling of the cargo. It's the lost cargo or cargo that you replace. As a courier, a company registered as a courier, I would like, because of so many complaints, but I will close you down.)
"Sigurado 'yan. Sasarahan talaga kita, whether you like it or not, after the CIDG and the NBI would finish their investigation and would point the liability sa inyo," Duterte added.
(I'm sure. I'll shut you down, whether you like it or not, after the CIDG and NBI finish their investigation and find liability.)
Duterte encouraged those who have bad experiences or complaints against the company to report to the nearest police station to help in the investigation.
J&T Express said it was already investigating the viral video incident.