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