Philippine Trade Secretary Peter Favilla has proposed adding a new tax on SMS messages purportedly to offset the loss of a 12 percent sales tax on oil products. Though it would seem from an interview, that Mr. Favilla is a hater where SMS is concerned as he's quoted saying that an SMS tax would shift Filipino focus to endeavors that are more productive. We're huge fans of SMS messaging round these parts -- and remain pretty productive -- a tax on it would likely drag significant cake from our pockets, here's hoping the tax isn't a per use affair.

[Via textually.org]