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Digital advocacy group seeks investigation on Bingo Plus spam texts

Digital Pinoys

A network of digital advocates sought the help of Congress in investigating the spam text ads sent by an online bingo platform.

In a letter sent to House Speaker Martin Romualdez, Digital Pinoys National Campaigner Ronald Gustilo is requesting Congress to investigate as to how Bingo Plus was able to send text messages to a large number of text messages to numerous mobile phone numbers.

“The public is still asking as to how BingoPlus was able to send out numerous amounts of text messages, enticing recipients that they may win a huge amount of money if they will just follow the link contained in the text message, even though they have not signed up for any promotional updates from Bingo Plus.”

Gustilo said that since gambling is a regulated industry, Bingo Plus should have not resorted to advertising via sending out spam messages. He said that the action is highly irresponsible and possibly may have violated Philippine laws. The said online gambling platform is owned by AB leisure exponents, inc.

“We are hoping that Congress will investigate as we believe that Bingo Plus may have violated the law. We have reason to believe that they have either accessed and maximized illegally obtained data containing the mobile number of the recipients or they may have utilized banned devices such as text blasting machines. the public wants to know and is watching closely.”

Gustilo earlier sought the assistance of the National Telecommunications Commission, who in turn endorsed the issue to Philippine Amusements and Gaming Corporation. PAGCOR said that they will discuss the matter with their Data Privacy Officer and to the operator of Bingo Plus.

Reference: Ronald Gustilo, Digital Pinoys National Campaigner