Tuesday, April 18, 2023

Disenfranchised sectors file petition challenging constitutionality of the SIM Registration Law

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Deadline for the mandatory registration of SIM cards will remain April 26, according to DICT Secretary Ivan John Uy.

Dominant telecommunications players Globe Telecom Inc. and Smart Communications Inc. are calling on the government to extend the April 26, 2023 deadline for SIM registration.

A petition has been filed seeking to declare SIM Registration Act unconstitutional for violating freedom of speech, right against unreasonable searched and seizures, substantive due process, and free access to courts.

Representatives of sectors who stand to lose fundamental human rights with the full implementation of SIM registration filed a petition before the Supreme Court today, April 17, 2023, which seeks to declare as unconstitutional the SIM Registration Law and to issue a temporary restraining order to immediately pause the law’s implementation.

The petitioners include information technology professional Maded Batara III of Junk SIM Registration Network, National Union of Journalists of the Philippines, journalist Ronalyn V. Olea, Lumad leader and former Bayan Muna Partylist representative Eufemia C. Cullamat, BAYAN Secretary-General Renato Reyes Jr., mother of two tokhang victims Llorre Benidicto Pasco, transgender man Dean Matthias Razi Timtiman Alea, fisherfolk leader Alberto Roldan of PAMALAKAYA, peasant leader Danilo Hernandez Ramos of Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas, and lawyer Michael Christopher de Castro.

The petitioners pointed out that the Sim Registration Act "tramples upon zones of privacy and sweeps away all protections guaranteed by the Constitution against unreasonable searches and seizures."

Republic Act No. 11934, or the SIM Card registration Act. was the current admin first signed into law. Mandating, regulating to fend off the WHO you?

Subalit...may dalawang factors po ito!

1. Upang makaiwas sa mga maling practices, scammers, modus o kawatan.

2. "Could" be a "threat-to-trace" para ma-track ang pagkakilanlan na maaaring mauwi sa maling kahantungan.

Bypassing the data privacy na nakapaloob sa RA 10173, maaaring magamit to locate the "human" to WHERE you from?

Marami na ang aware sa "you won one million" at maraming nabubulag sa misinformation/disinformation which the same face of "coercive persuasion".

Sa pagsabay ng innovation, pag-ikot ng mundo at mga regulasyon, ligtas po kaya ang ganitong constitution?

Datapwat may mga loko-loko ngunit walang manloloko kung walang magpapaloko.

"Press freedom" ay hindi po masyadong related sa konseptong ito bagkus ito'y tungkol sa KALIGTASAN ng tao...

I've seen part of their claim for this is that people can no longer report government malpractice anonymously or become state witness without being recognized.

Although Smart and Globe have registered about 46% & 32% of their subscribers, both telcos have requested an extension of the government-mandated April 26 SIM card deadline.

Globe says the low registration turnout was caused by the lack of valid gov't IDs and digital literacy.

Actually, ganito ginagawa ng China para mamonitor nila mga communist Citizens nila & marestrict sila na makagamit ng digital banking.

I think itong sim registration is an idea that came from China.

SIM Registration is until April 26 only!

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SIMs not registered within the said period shall be automatically deactivated.

I understand the telcos will lose a lot if they deactivate all those unregistered SIM cards, but I'm okay with their request to extend the SIM registration if they will financially reimburse all SCAM victims (from the deadline) from unregistered SIMs.

The deadline for SIM card registration looms near but its promises are still far from the truth.

Though the SIM Registration Law promises that it would deter SIM-aided criminal activity, its enactment would still not stop scams and spams.

Instead, it will facilitate the disenfranchisement of a vast majority of Filipinos unable to register while our data privacy and security is compromised.

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