'Live selfie' requirement sought after 'monkey' registers SIM card

Jauhn Etienne Villaruel, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 09 2023 01:55 AM | Updated as of Sep 09 2023 08:46 AM

Screenshot from the Senate Committee
Screenshot from the Senate Committee on Public Services hearing on September 5, 2023. 

MANILA — Sen. Grace Poe urged government agencies and telco companies to impose a "live selfie" requirement in the process of SIM registration.

Poe, chairperson the the Senate public services panel, made the appeal after the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) bared that it successfully activated a SIM using a fake government ID bearing the photo of a monkey.

"Kahit nandyan na ang SIM Registration law, hindi nawala ang scammers. Kaya pakiusap ko na isama na ang live selfie sa requirement ng registration," Poe said.

"We have seen that fake government IDs can get through the telcos' system. The selfies will be an added line of defense in the SIM verification process," she added.

Poe said live selfies should be part of the implementing rules and regulations (IRR)of the SIM Registration Act. 

After the NBI's revelation, the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) issued a warning that individuals who entered false details during SIM registration would face penalties, including imprisonment. 

To address these concerns, NTC said there would be an updating of the IRR as well as the possibility of amending the law. 

The government said that SIM registration would curb text scams, as the identities of people who use SIMs for illegal activities could be traced. 


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