Consumer Rights

Fake populism should boomerang on Arroyo

Jeepney fares will go up from P7.50 to P8.00 starting Wednesday, May 21. Bus fares will also be raised from P10.00 to P11.50. For the new government-approved figures, read the Inquirer.net and GMANews.tv reports. This was not what PISTON was demanding in their recent transport strike. PISTON is always the last to seek such increases due to the impact […]

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On the math of today’s transport strike

Harebrained, malicious and downright fascist responses to today’s transport strike are to be expected from the usual suspects — from the government that pretends there is no problem and from those who subscribe to the politics of hopelessness and surrender. To help elucidate the cause of PISTON, Engr. Ramon Ramirez, a pre-martial law board topnotcher, […]

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Palm Centro is coming to the Philippines

Thanks to Ederic for the heads up: The smash US hit Palm Centro, the smartphone for new users of such devices, will soon be available in the Philippines. The price will be P17,490 — quite high considering the fact that it lags behind other smartphones in terms of OS age (still the aging Garnet) and […]

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Battle looms as company announces Mac clone

Psystar is doing consumer a favor by announcing that they will make available to US consumers a non-Apple machine that runs the Apple operating system Leopard. But a battle looms because Apple may fight Psystar about the latter’s right to install Leopard in computers other than those manufactured by Apple. We’ve seen and heard of […]

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Minions spread text rumors; TXTPower urges vigilance

As Engr. Jun Lozada was answering questions at the Senate, some desperate characters unleashed a barrage of text rumors warning of bombings across Metro Manila. TXTPower immediately responded and blasted the rumor-mongers. We issued the following statement: We condemn the evil minions and dirty tricks operators behind the spread of text rumors about the purported […]

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Wiretapping redux: Its easy to do

One of the interesting parts of Engr. Jun Lozada’s testimony today was the wiretapping on his phones and those of the Senate arresting team. Last year, officials of Philippine telcos testified that mobile phone wiretaps are already possible, provided the right equipment is used. They even claimed that the wiretaps may be done even without […]

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Protests kill ‘text tax’ monster

Less than a day after our texters’ revolt, Malacanang has backed off. The text tax is dead. Truly, this is a sweet victory for consumers. Consumers rejoice as Palace ‘backs off’ on text tax Consumer group TXTPower applauded the scrapping of a proposed text tax, less than a day after it waged a “texters revolt” […]

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TXTPower revolt vs. text tax is in the news

Check out the Inquirer news article on TXTPower’s opposition to the tax on text proposed by President Arroyo’s trade secretary. Online newsmagazine Bulatlat also put out a news item on the protest. ABS-CBNnews.com also ran a story, contraposing support for the tax coming from two business groups, and from TXTPower and senators. Following the lead […]

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Globe Telecom’s nightmare before Christmas

A Globe Telecom official ringed me up yesterday, after I sent out a text blast of Christmas greetings to my friends. The official said that Globe has brought back Unlitxt20 because they heard about the TXTPower complaint. I thanked him of course — but added that not all’s well. Unlitxt20 may have been returned, but […]

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