57 US BPO Firms Mulls on Pulling Out Philippine Operations By 2018 Following Duterte’s “Go to Hell” Remarks

More than 1 million BPO-related jobs are feared to be in jeopardy if President Rodrigo Duterte continue with his “reckless rhetoric”  in criticizing the American and EU state leaders, the American Chamber of Commerce said on Tuesday in an article published by business magazine Bloomberg.

Earlier this week, Senator Panfilo Lacson also warned that more than 1 million BPO workers could lose jobs if American companies decide to pull-out their Philippine operation in response to Duterte’s harsh and irresponsible words.

The article said BPO business leaders were “extremely offended” by the president’s latest comment on America and President Obama.

Duterte on Tuesday delivered another round of bad mouth telling Obama to go to hell, and ignoring Senator Richard Gordon’s suggestion to refrain from saying useless and offensive words.

The Philippines is hosting more than 1,000 American and British BPO contact centers and employing more than 1 million Filipinos.

“Can he not kill all drug pushers without saying useless words that could affect his country’s economy? He is scaring away investors”, business executive Armando Coloma told ANC.

The chamber said more than 50 companies already voiced out their frustrations on Duterte’s comment and threatened to move outside the Philippines if the president won’t change his tone towards US.

“America is not picking a fight with him and he should understand that. As business people, we don’t care about his local policies as long as it would not affect our labor relations, but telling Obama to go to hell when the latter is not picking a fight is just irresponsible and unnecessary”, ACC said.

“We doubt he can give a million jobs to in case these people are displaced”, the report said. /Anna Marie Manzano-Jones/

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