May I ask, does the Vice President or any government official have the right to send us unsolicited SMS? Why doesn’t Binay just send out a link for us to subscribe to his “news”. Another question is: Can I report this to NTC for unsolicited spam?
Here is my third (or is it fourth SMS spam) message from the Vice President sent by +639064736527
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Pres. Noynoy has asked VP Binay to help resolve the issue of burying former Pres. Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.
As part of his consultation with all Filipinos, VP Binay would like to get your opinion on whether you are in favor or not
to have former Pres. Marcos buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.
Text 0926 746 8212 for Globe or
0949 629 5575 for Smart or
send to email firstname.lastname@example.org
Apparently, it is the task of the Vice President to to decide on the burial issue. I still think he should not send spam messages whether authorized by him or not.
The other spam message that I managed to save was about “Binay back. Wins amnesty for OFWs in Kuwait, UAE…” sent by cellphone number +639053194035
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It is recalled that Newsbreak wrote an article on VP Binay rumor mill as early as March, samples of such spam as follows:
For instance, on February 23, we received this message from mobile 0918-3690931:
“BINAY SUCCEEDS…The mission of VP Binay to China to plead for the 3 Filipinos to be executed was a successful. VP Binay was able to convince the Supreme People’s Court of China to postpone the execution including 72 other Pinoys on death row have received TWO YEAR reprieves. The experienced, street smart VP Binay demonstrated that he knows how to go about discharging any assignment given to him. Pres. Aquino should utilize him more for the resolution of difficult problems. Congratulations, Mr. Vice President.”
We know of course that this came as a result of the Chinese government’s order on Friday, February 18 for a stay of execution for the three Filipinos convicted of drug trafficking.
This was not the last we heard from Binay’s busy texters. On February 26, we received another message from mobile number 0908-7445761. The message said:
“VP Binay left for Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and UAE last Friday night, Feb. 25 until March 5, to represent P-Noy in talks with the leaders of those country and dialogues with our OFWs. At the same time he will monitor devts of our OFWs in Libya, Egypt and other Middle East countries. Good luck VP and We wish you all the success in the new assignment given to you by P-Noy. Mabuhay an ating OFWs.”
We know how that effort ended. Binay was not able to go to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia because he was not given a visa. His office had no choice but to issue a statement saying, ”Vice President Binay regrets the cancellation of his visit to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He was looking forward to meeting with overseas Filipino workers (OFW).”
But invisible defenders went beyond that. They looked for somebody to blame for the snafu.
Thus, on Tuesday, March 2, we received the following text message, this time from mobile number 0921-3291473:
“It is unfortunate that VP Binay’s effort to talk to Saudi govt about condition of our ofws has been sabotaged by the ill-informed report of Akbayan Cong. Walden Bello. Akala ko ba kakampi kayo ni Pnoy? Bkit nyo sinisira ang relasyon ng Pinas at saudi at nilalagay sa alanganin ang hanapbuhay ng mga kababayan natin sa saudi.” (I thought you were friends of Pnoy. Why are you ruining the relations between the Philippines and Saudi Arabia and placing the the jobs of our countrymen and countrywomen in danger.)
It makes me wonder if all these SMS messages brought high survey ratings for the Vice President. Some of my tweet followers told me that they have been receiving SMS supposedly coming from the President himself.
Whoever is sending those spam messages, I can imagine the millions involved here.