Palace to study SIM card registration


03:46 AM July 31st, 2013


Presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte: Fresh proposal needs thorough study. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Malacañang will study a fresh proposal to register SIM cards in the wake of the bombing in Cagayan de Oro City last Friday even though it had been opposed before by President Aquino for being potentially unconstitutional, Malacañang said Tuesday.

“The last time that this was discussed, the President raised some possible constitutional issues, mainly the right to privacy. In other countries, especially in the United States, that was done after 9/11,” presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte told a press briefing.

Senators Vicente Sotto III and Teofisto Guingona III presented the proposal at the Senate last Monday, arguing that registering the SIM cards of mobile phones would help the authorities track down the people who detonate bombs with the use of cellular phones.

Guingona noted that mobile phones had been used a number of times in the commission of crimes.

Investigators are now piecing together evidence gathered from a restaurant that was rocked by a bomb blast that killed at least eight people and injured many others.

Most of the casualties were celebrating at the Kyla’s Bistro in the popular Rosario Arcade when the bomb, reportedly placed in a bag that was left on a chair, went off. Six were killed instantly, while 48 others were rushed to the hospital with various injuries.

However, the fresh proposal needs to be thoroughly studied by the executive department, Valte said.

“We need to see the parameters of the current proposal, how it is to be managed because in some jurisdictions the government agency is not in possession of the information. For example, here in the Philippines, if you’re a postpaid subscriber, the telcos have the information and there is a privacy policy that must be followed,” she said.

Any national security concerns should be balanced with the right to privacy, she said.

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  • Luthmar

    Is my post blocked? How come it did not appear?

  • frankstupid

    well ganito lang iyan sa sim card registration, papayag lang ang ibang tao na isabatas iyan kung may assurance of privacy like any warrant before the authorites open the records of all sim card register at anything assurance of privacy.

  • Cool LahgotzMO

    Sa Singapore, kung bibili ka ng pre-paid sim, mismong sa pinagbilhan mo i register na nila kaagad. Kung Citizen ka or permanent resident, NRIC no. ang gagamitin nila. Kung foreigner ka, passport mo ang ang i register nila. kaya wala kang kawala kung mag isip ka ng kagaguhan kasi tiyak tombok ka na kaagad.

    • sanjuan683

      Puede din walang sim card. Celphone ko dito sa States wala sim card, kaya kung ma-snatch report sa Provider to disconnect. Tapos itapon na sa trash walang silbi.

  • Cool LahgotzMO

    Di nyo pa nga na centralized and NSO nyo. Paano nyo matugis kung sino nagmamay ari ng sim card? what if gagamit ng peke na ID? each filipino should have 1 identity number since birth, like Social Security number ng US. Ito na gagamitin pang register kung ano man transactions gagawin, like opening bank accounts.. etc.

  • Ninio Calle

    Registering all the SIM is good for the country. At least it will prevent detonating bomb by mobile, it will prevent anonymous threatening mobile text messages (example: Ces Drillon case) and scam messages of someone winning lottery (and similar messages). However, document use as proof of identity must be fool-proof since we have all sort of fake IDs going around. The ID presented must be traceable if the needs arise in a criminal case. Secured ID system in Philippines must be established along with SIM registration to make this truly effective in preventing crime. In countries that have secured ID system and registering of all SIM, crimes committed using the SIM is non-existing. The very thought of less crime should be an incentives for the government. Privacy is a concern if the ID system is not secured. If other countries are able to effectively implement this, there is not reason Philippines cannot.

  • Cue_Vas

    Ni register mo nga ang sim card, e huhugasan ang iba brush naman ang crime scene after a few hours e di ganun din.
    The police and military intelligence should refine their abilities first before requiring another pabigat to ordinary people.

    • gisingpinas


      • Cue_Vas

        not my problem if you can’t read english.

      • sanjuan683

        sa tagalog ano?

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