Passage of SIM Card Registration Bill pushed in Senate
In light of recent bomb threats received in schools and public places, Senator Sherwin Gatchalian is seeking President Rodrigo Duterte to certify the bill for the passage of SIM Card Registration.
This passage, according to Sen. Gatchalian, is a measure to avoid rumors on bomb threats which are spread through text messages. The bill will require a user to present a valid photo I.D. upon purchase of a SIM card. In addition, existing users of prepaid SIM cards must register within 180 days from the effectivity of the law or the SIM card will be deactivated.
“Mandatory registration of prepaid mobile numbers will discourage ill-willed pranksters and allow us to punish those who currently perpetrate security scares through text message with impunity,” said Gatchalian, a member of the Senate committee on national defense and security.
Private information of the users will be kept confidential and the bill will not violate the people’s right to privacy.
Are you in favor of pushing this bill to the Senate? It’s an added work for the consumers but should help lessen these kinds of pranks or threats delivered by random mobile numbers.
Update: Existing users need to register their prepaid SIMs within 180 days after the implementation of the law or it will be deactivated.