Manny Pangilinan disputes Duterte's remark that PLDT owes gov't ₱8-B

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The chairman of PLDT, Manny V. Pangilinan, says they are also installing an additional 20 lines to improve their services.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 28) — PLDT Inc. Chairman Manny Pangilinan on Thursday said he does not know how the telecommunications firm owes ₱8 billion as stated by President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday.

"I don't know. I checked internally, ano ba utang natin [what do we owe]? We don't know," Pangilinan said at the groundbreaking ceremony for the NLEX (North Luzon Expressway) -SLEX (South Luzon Expressway) Connector Road Project. "As far as we know, wala kaming utang [we don't have debts]. We pay our taxes regularly, on a quarterly basis - in fact in advance - so I don't know what he's referring to."

Duterte had threatened to shut down the telco giant if it did not set up more trunklines for '8888,' the Citizen's Complaint Hotline used to report government malpractices such as red tape, graft and corruption.

Pangilinan said they are already addressing the problem.

"Our people are talking with the people of Malacañang, tapos na 'yung [we're done with the] additional 20 lines then we have to talk to them about the number of agents."