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Philippine elections

Philippines cracks down on 'text blaster' sales as election looms

'Emergency' alert sent to phones touted a specific presidential candidate

The Philippines is closely watching large e-commerce companies to block sales of mobile transmitters. (Photo by Yuichi Shiga)

MANILA -- With next May's presidential election fast approaching, the Philippines has stepped up the monitoring of large e-commerce companies to keep them from selling mobile transmitters that have been used to send barrages of political text messages.

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