Sen. Bong Go co-sponsored Senate Bill No. 1310 or the proposed “Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) Card Registration Act”, which aims to eradicate the proliferation of spam messages and other fraudulent cellular phone activities.
During the Senate plenary session on Tuesday, September 13, Sen. Bong Go cited that the government has been swamped by reports of phone scams and other mobile phone-aided criminal activities, with some cases even involving messages containing private or sensitive information about the recipients.
“Ang nakakaalarma po talaga dito, gaya ng nabanggit ng ating mga kasamahan noong nakaraan, ay ang ilan po sa mga scam messages na ito ay naglalaman ng pangalan ng mga recipients. Kung minsan po ay buo pa ang pangalan na nakalagay sa mga text messages na ito,” expressed Go.
“Nakapagtataka po kung saan at paano nakuha ang mga impormasyon na ito. Nakababahala rin po kung gaano kadalas makatanggap ng scam at spam messages ang mga recipients,” he added.
Under the proposed law, consumers will be required to register their SIM cards before activating by submitting an accomplished registration form and presenting a valid government ID or other necessary documents to prove their identification.
Go then expressed his confidence that if the measure is enacted, it shall deter fraudsters and create a safer online environment for Filipinos.
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