For Edaurdo G. Fajermo Jr of The Flame, the official student publication of the Faculty of Arts and Letters at the University of Santo Tomas (who messaged me thru the Contact widget of this site, at the footer here, an hour ago), Interview Qs, answers:
1.Do we have laws in the Philippines that would penalize perpetrators of scam texts?
My answer: Yes. The Cybercrime Prevention Act, “Offenses against the confidentiality, integrity and availability of computer data and systems“
2.What measures can the authorities use to track down the perpetrators of text scams?
My answer: The “authorities” should go beyond a public information campaign and should use crime-solving methods to solve this problem. (in order not to alert the perpetrators, I cannot detail here the crime-solving methods but the law-enforcement agencies know what these are)
3.What is your stance regarding the efforts of NTC to send text messages warning people about text scams? Do you think that it makes a difference? Same answer as above. The law-enforcement agencies should bust the groups responsible for these.
4.The role of the government is to protect the welfare of its people, what can our leaders do to stop these scam texts? Same answer as above. It is a matter of priorities.
Marami pong salamat. -marichu