MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte recently met with foreign investors as government pursued ways to improve the "very bad" mobile phone service and crawling internet speeds in the country, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said Friday.
"Noong mga nakaraan na araw ay may mga mamumuhunan na winelcome ng ating Presidente sa Palasyo," Roque said in an interview on DZMM.
"Sa tingin ko ay papunta na tayo sa direksyon na... patungo na po tayo doon sa paghanap ng solusyon doon sa napakasamang serbisyo ng telco sa ating bayan," he added.
Roque said he intends to push for the improvement of poor telecommunications service in the country, which he said has been affecting his performance as Duterte's spokesperson.
"Bilang spokesperson, hindi ako makasagot sa mga text kasi walang signal sa loob ng aking bahay. Nasa Quezon City lang ako ha, wala sa probinsya," he said.
Before Duterte assumed office last year, he told the telecommunications industry to improve its service or suffer consequences under his administration.
"For the communications guys, iyung internet connectivity, you improve the service or I will open the Philippines to competition. Pasok lahat. Then it will bring down [the price] and increase efficiency," Duterte said.