Today, the NTC issued an order directing Globe Telecom to hold in abeyance the new unlimited texting rates and to revert back to the old rates of P15, P25 and P50 for one, two and five days, respectively. We personally received the order from Deputy Commissioner Jorge Sarmiento.
Sarmiento met us soon after we folded up a short and cute picket in front of the NTC. We carried cellphone-shaped placards, and burned blue ribbons symbolizing our protests against Globe’s abusado ways.
But we’re far from a permanent victory because the NTC only suspended Unlitxt. In its order, the NTC said a public hearing will be conducted to enable TXTPower and Globe to present their positions.
True, the order looks like the modern-day version of Pontius Pilate’s handwashing gimmick. The NTC seems to be taking a hands-off approach to our contention that the Commission erred in granting Globe a permit for its much-discredited Unlitxt.
Of course, we will not rest. We are already looking forward to the public hearing. We have obtained the services of a good lawyer and others will surely be interested to be collaborating counsels. We will demolish Globe’s arguments and hopefully convince the NTC to make the rollback permanent.