sms is a wonderful and revolutionary technology. but when used wrongly, it is not only irritating, it can border on dangerous.
take for example these anonymous text messages that are now circulating about a possible martial law scenario. no one knows who sent it first.
from the point of view of a texter, it's irritating. but i can choose to ignore it. but as a journalist, we have to cover it in the context of recent developments.
again, as expected, malacanang officials seem to have turned deaf and mute. when i was still covering the palace, there were times when all the cellphones of the officials authorized to give us interviews were "out of coverage area" and "cant be reached." technology glitches? hehe!
militant groups and the political opposition however are worried and warned the president against such a move.
personally, i dont think the president will resort to such. she didn't during the oakwood mutiny. instead, she declared a state of rebellion (she however forgot the timelines when she said i was "abetting rebellion" for getting the exclusive interview of sen gringo honasan AFTER she lifted the state of rebellion). and our constitution does not give the president the powers to declare martial law. it is congress that can do so.
so now, texters should stop forwarding these text messages so as not to alarm the public. and maybe, i'll just ignore my pum's advise to convert all my cash to gold.