Right to privacy remains an issue in the passage of the National ID System

UNTV News   •   December 5, 2017   •   4111

The Senate has begun to tackle the proposed implementation of a National Identification System in the country.

This is after the Lower House of Congress passed its own version of the said bill last September.

According to Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian, privacy concerns being put forward by the bill’s critics should no longer be an issue.

“Opening an account on Facebook, opening an account on Twitter, we are giving our own personal information. Yung tumututol po na invasion of privacy,Jurassic Park pa ang kanilang isipan,” Gatchalian said.

(Opening an account on Facebook, opening an account on Twitter, we are giving our own personal information. Those who oppose it, saying it would result in an invasion of privacy, are still stuck in Jurassic Park mentality.)

Through the said system, all government issued IDs will be unified into a single one, which would help make transactions faster.

Senator Panfilo Lacson believes it would also help suppress crime.

“Maraming gamit sa crime detection and prevention, sa terrorism. Tapos pag-transact ng business with private institutions like sa bank loans. Di ba tayo pag nag-open ng account hihingan tayo ng 2 IDs? So ngayon, kanina it was discussed, baka pwede ito gawing substitute sa passport natin pauwi,” Lacson said.

(It has many uses in terms of crime detection and prevention, In terms of terrorism. When transacting business with private institutions like bank loans. When we open accounts, don’t they ask for 2 IDs? So, we discussed earlier if we can also use it as a substitute for passports when going home.)

The Senators also debated on how to begin the registration to have a National ID.

And, whether to use the current database of the GSIS and SSS or to create a new registration process for all Filipinos 18 years old and above.

“In our wrap up meeting, there’s a suggestion to start biometrics from zero,” Philippine Statistics Authority, National Statistician & Civil Registrar General Dr. Lisa Grace Bersales said.

“Start from zero, I don’t know how much funding will require,” Sen. Franklin Drilon said.

The Senate targets to pass the proposed National ID System in the first quarter of 2018.

The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), meanwhile, said they have already started preparations although the bill has yet to become a law.

This is especially since, the PSA notes, there is a P2-billion budget allotted already for the National ID System in its 2018 budget.

“Ang GAA kung ma-sign na yung aming P8-billion ng PSA, nasa GAA na siya. Pwede na namin siyang gamitin to prepare for national ID,” Bersales said.

(In the GAA, if the P8-billion proposed budget of PSA will be approved, it’s already in the GAA. We can already use it to prepare for National ID.)

Senate will continue its deliberation on the proposal next week. The Senators are expected to hear more from the side of other stakeholders regarding right to privacy issues. – Nel Maribojoc | UNTV News & Rescue

Lacson, Sotto test negative for illegal drugs

Maris Federez   •   November 22, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Presidential aspirant Senator Panfilo Lacson and running mate Senate President Vicente Sotto III on Monday (November 22) underwent voluntary drug testing at the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) office in Diliman, Quezon City, and tested negative for drug use, a statement from the Partido Reporma said.

Earlier in the day, Sotto said: “Magkaalaman na kung sino matatapang”.

The Lacson-Sotto tandem said their move was to show that they are drug-free and fit to run in the 2022 national and local elections.

Sotto earlier said that ordinary drug tests only determine “shabu” or  “marijuana” use.

However, the PDEA test that they took, he said, is a ‘’multi-drug one-step immunometric assay for the detection of drugs of abuse in urine.’’

In the statement, Lacson said he and Sotto took a multi-drug screening procedure, which is capable of detecting all types of illegal substances in a human body. They both tested negative for illegal drugs.

The tandem went through all the protocols from the signing up of forms to the submission of their urine samples where an attending physician monitored them closely to ensure the authenticity of the tests.

Last Friday, Lacson suggested Friday conducting a random drug test to candidates following President Rodrigo Duterte’s statement on an unnamed presidential candidate who was into cocaine.

“I have never been addicted to drugs all my life, so I have no problem with that. In fact, we should all undergo random testing to make it more credible,” he said.

Meanwhile, in an ambush interview in General Santos City, Senator Christopher ‘Bong’ Go who is also running for president, reiterated that, although it is not mandatory, he is willing to undergo drug testing any time of the day.

“Ako naman po willing magpa-drug test anytime of the day. Anytime po kung kakailanganin,” Go said.

“Though hindi mandatory, pero just to prove lang po sa Pilipino kung sino yung fit na mamuno sa ating bansa ay willing po akong magpa-drug test, any time of the day po,” he added. —/mbmf

PSA warns of imprisonment, P3-M fine vs producers of fake PhilSys ID

Marje Pelayo   •   September 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) advised the public to register for Philippine Identification (PhilID) card at PhilSys’ official website to make sure of getting a genuine National ID.

This, after the PSA received information on the proliferation of social media accounts and websites claiming they are legitimate online accounts of PSA and PhilSys.

In an interview on Wednesday (September 15), PSA Assistant Secretary Rose Bautista said they are determined to file appropriate cases against producers of fake PhilID.

“Para sa mga maga-attempt na mag peke ng kanilang ID o mag-produce ng kanilang ID, mayroon po tayong karapatan [mag-enforce] ng penalties at charges,” she said.

“Mayroon po kaming division dito sa PhilSys registry office na who will look into at mag-file ng kaso para doon sa mga madi-discover namin ito ang mga pekeng ID na prinesent nila,” she added.

Thus, the official asked the public not to post their National ID on social media as they are exposing their identity.

“Ang iba masyadong excited kapag nakuha na nila ang kanilang PhilID. Pini-picture nila. Please lang po huwag ninyong gawin iyan. Iyan po ay something na dapat ay itinatago at hindi ineexpose sa fraud,” Bautista stressed.

Production and presentation of fake PhilID face a penalty of P1-M to P3-M and imprisonment from three to six years under the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) Act.

The PSA is encouraging all Filipinos to register for the National ID given that the online registration remains open even amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lacson, Sotto officially launch tandem for presidential, VP posts

Maris Federez   •   September 8, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Senator Panfilo Lacson and Senate President Vicente Sotto III, on Wednesday, officially launched their tandem on their bid for the presidential and vice-presidential posts in the 2022 National Elections.

The pre-taped campaign launch was attended by few family members, friends, former co-workers, and supporters who were tested for the coronavirus before the event. Other supporters joined the tandem via teleconference and taped testimonies.

Sotto took the stage first to signify his intention to be the country’s second in command.

“Ang inyo pong lingkod ay naririto para harapin ang hamon sa tamang panahon na maging kandidato ninyo sa pagka-pangalawang pangulo ng Republika ng Pilipinas,” Sotto said.

After raising national issues, such as poor economy, rising COVID-19 cases, corruption, and poverty, Sotto said the Filipinos have had enough.

“Tama na! Kailangan na nating tumugon! Kailangan na nating umaksyon! Kailangan na natin magsanib pwersa upang mapigilan at maitama ang mali. Ito na ang simula,” he said.

In his own speech, Lacson mentioned how President Rodrigo Duterte admitted in his final State of the Nation Address “that he was wrong to think that leading the country is simple and easy as leading Davao City.”

“Walang debate sa katotohanan. Hindi natin dapat payagan ang maling akala para sa kinabukasan ng ating bansa,” Lacson said.

Lacson stressed that the challenges that await the next administration are no joking matter and that they should be addressed with honest, dedicated, and competent public service.

“Mayroon kaming sapat na kakayahan, katapatan, at katapangan upang pamunuan ang ating bansa at upang muling bumangon sa ating pagkakalugmok,” he said.

Lacson and Sotto said they are gunning for “leadership by example.”

“Hindi sa salita kundi sa gawa. No leader can succeed if he cannot practice what he preaches,” Lacson said.

Lacson said they are in the process of crafting their platform of government that they want to present to the people.

“As we speak, we are in the process of drawing up a roadmap or a master plan that will serve as our platform of government that we intend to present to our people. After all, sa takdang panahon, kayo ang magdedesisyon kung karapat-dapat ba kaming pagkatiwalaan na mamuno sa ating bayan,” he said. —/mbmf

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