Philippines: On Hello Garci 3rd anniv, TXTPower relaunches site, endorses Kabataan, warns vs fraud

May. 10, 2007

MANILA — Consumer advocacy and mobile activist organization TXTPower today
openly endorsed Kabataan Partylist even as it warned against a repeat
of the Hello Garci scandal in Monday’s elections.

Today is the third anniversary of the May 10, 2004 elections which
were marred by the Hello Garci scandal which exploded following the
discovery of an audiotaped cellphone conversation between President
Arroyo and Commission on Elections Commissioner Virgilio Garcillano.

To mark the occasion, TXTPower today relaunched its website as a
portal and team blog. Reposted on the site were the original Hello
Garci ringtone and a YouTube video based on it.

The Hello Garci ringtone became the most popular political ringtone in 2005.

In a statement, the group said that “Kabataan Partylist fully supports
TXTPower’s advocacy of consumer and political rights. Kabataan
Partylist is 100-percent behind TXTPower in batting for lower prices
and better services, in battling abusive big companies, in demanding
an end to government neglect of consumer welfare. Kabataan Partylist
vows to be the champion and voice of Pinoy texters and
telecommunication consumers inside Congress.”

TXTPower vowed to form text and email brigades in the homestretch of
Kabataan Partylist’s campaign.

“We hope President Arroyo would no longer call any Comelec official to
ensure the victory of her favored candidates. No to a Hello Garci part
two,” said the group.

The relaunched team blog have the following initial members:
physicists Kim Gargar and Dr. Gani Tapang, environmentalist Trixie
Concepcion, IT expert Ric Bahague, writer Tonyo Cruz, journalist
Ederic Eder, student leaders Vencer Crisostomo, Jhayvie Dorado and Ana
Gabriela Celestial. ###

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