National ID system can be used vs gov't critics: solon

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 18 2018 10:15 AM

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The proposed national ID system may be used by law agencies in the surveillance of citizens critical of the government, a left-leaning congressman warned Sunday.

"Iyung ibang mga police state ay ginagamit talaga ito sa kanilang paniniktik, surveillance doon sa mga kritik ng gobyerno, kaaway ng nakaupo sa pamahalaan para supilin ang kanilang mamamayan," Bayam Muna Rep. Carlos Isagani Zarate told DZMM.

(Other police state are using the ID system to monitor and conduct surveillance on government critics, the opponents of those sitting in the government to curb the rights of their citizens.)

The national ID would contain a unique Common Reference Number (CRN) that will be given to all Filipinos, along with the owner's essential information such as full name, address, date and place of birth, sex, civil status, signature and recent photo.

It can be used in transactions with all branches of government, making it more convenient for citizens to avail of public services, the

Zarate, however, argued that the delivery of social services should be improved by increasing budget and fighting corruption in the government, instead of setting up a national ID system.

The personal information of ID holders, he added, may also be compromised if a data breach hits the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), the agency that will be in charge of the system.

The PSA had sought to dispel such fears, saying it has not had any breach in its data record.

The Senate is set to approve the national ID system bill on its second reading on Wednesday, said NEDA.

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno earlier said he is hoping that the national ID system would be up and running by October.

DZMM, 18 March 2018