Consumer Rights

Text tax: Arroyo gov’t wants to tax you amid crisis

Today’s text tax proposal is hideous, unintelligent and insulting to everyone. Speaker Prospero Nograles, Senator Richard Gordon and Finance Secretary Margarito Teves should be ashamed of themselves that they even entertained the idea of a tax even as the entire world are looking for ways to avert economic disasters, both personal and national.

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PLDT’s myDSL service: F%$k3d Up!

This afternoon, the DSL connection at our house just went kaput. I performed some “tricks” — known to all PLDT myDSL subscribers who have experienced problems and sought technical assistance. You know the drill: ipconfig /release and /renew. Resetting the modem. In my case, also resetting the router. I did all those plenty of times, […]

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Poor Filipinos pay 90 percent of VAT collections

President Arroyo claims that more than 80 percent of VAT revenues are paid by the rick and at the same time, it is the poor that benefit from the onerous, regressive tax. Bulatlat has a story contradicting this claim, quoting heavily from an expert whose study of government data has showed the exact opposite. Blogger/electrical […]

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GMA’s 50 centavos per text: Arbitrary, still expensive

TXTPower released the following statement regarding the new promo price of P0.50 per text message announced yesterday by President Arroyo in her speech before Congress: The economist Mrs. Arroyo is trying to cheat the public over the so-called 50 percent reduction in texting rates which she pompously announced in her eighth State of the Nation […]

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