Two senators have filed similar bills calling for the registration of personal information of buyers of SIM (subscriber identity module) cards as a means to curb abuses and prevent crimes involving cell phones.
Sen. Richard Gordon, who earlier proposed a longer jail term of
12-19 years for cell phone snatchers, has filed Senate Bill 289, requiring registration of the personal information of buyers of SIM cards, whether pre-paid or post paid.
Senate Bill 191, filed separately by Sen. Panfilo Lacson, similarly requires SIM card buyers to register information into a database that the telecommunication providers would maintain.
Finally, the Senators have stopped their pointless "investigations" to file actual bills! I'm sure their measures will not be welcomed by the local telcos since it means additional workload for them but if this bill is passed into law these two gentlemen just proved that they indeed deserve their seats in the Senate.
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