MANILA - Senator Panfilo Lacson on Monday downplayed fears of threats to privacy and security, once the proposed national ID system is implemented.
Lacson said the proposed national ID system only requires a person to give the same information required in getting a driver's license or a voter's ID.
"Ang hindi naipapaliwanag 'yung biyaya na dala nito, na pag ikaw ay nakipag-transact ng business, nakapagaang kasi ang ibibigay mo lang serial number mo kung nakalimutan mo 'yung ID mo. Kung dala mo 'yun lang," he told DZMM.
(We seldom talk about the benefits of the ID system. Doing business would be easy with a national ID system because you only have to present your ID or give your serial number in the process.)
The senator added that the card is secured because the serial number to be given to a citizen is unique and non-transferable.
Both houses of Congress are expected to to ratify this week the bicameral committee report that harmonized the House and Senate versions of the proposed measure.
The report included 13 sets of information in the final ID system: the PhilSys Number, the full name, sex, blood type, date of birth, place of birth, marital status, address and a front facing photo.
But several lawmakers warned about the possibility of the ID system being used against those who express their dissent to certain government policies.
"Dagdag bala 'yan sa Duterte administration na mahilig magpatahimik o manggipit at magtapak sa karapatan, mag-criminalize ng dissent," said Kabataan Party-list Rep. Sarah Elago.
(This will only serve as one of the Duterte administration's "weapons" to silence and criminalize dissent.)