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Duterte to telcos' slow Internet: Ano bang problema n'yo?

Presidential candidate and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte plans to address the Internet problems in the country by confronting telecommunications firms. File photo

MANILA, Philippines – Presidential candidate and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte on Thursday discussed how he plans to resolve the slow internet of the country if elected as president.

During a forum at the University of the Philippines, Duterte was asked how he will solve the Internet situation in the country to which he responded that he plans to directly confront telecommunications officials to fix the slow Internet as he said he has no time to wait for discussions.

“Wala akong panahong makipagdaldalan. I'd talk to the telecommunications people and ask, 'Ano bang problema n'yo?'" Duterte said in a townhall meeting hosted by CNN Philippines.

The tough-talking mayor however admitted that he is not updated with technology and gadgets and is unaware of the Internet.

“‘Di ko alam ang Internet. Cellphone ko 'yung de-pindot lang,” Duterte said.

The slow Internet has become one of the issues needed to be addressed by the government.

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Last May, the Ookla Household download index ranked the Philippines as the second country with the slowest Internet download speed among 22 other Asian countries.

The Philippines garnered an average of 3.64 Mega bits per second (Mbps) as compared to Afghanistan with only 2.52 Mbps making it the slowest in Asia.

In August 2015, the telecommunication firms vowed to comply with the rules on the measurement of broadband or Internet service access made by the National Telecommunications Commission.

RELATED: Infographic: If Philippines joined an Internet speed raceTelco firms vow to comply with new rules on Internet speed

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