GMA’s SONA announcement on lower text rates was just telcos’ promo

On July 28, 2008, in her State of the Nation Address, Arroyo said: Texting is a way of life. I asked the telecoms to cut the cost of messages between networks. They responded. It is now down to 50 centavos.
On July 29, 2008, I got this text from a Malacanang reporter, quoting deputy presidential spokesman Lorelei Fajardo: The rate cut takes effect today, July 28. NTC approved it for implementation for three months. It is up to Globe, Smart and Sun if they will ask for an extension of the promo.
And that was the most applauded part of her speech.

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