Sen. Grace Poe said she is open to discussing with her colleagues in the new Congress if the provision on social media account registration proposed by former Sen. Franklin Drilon – the reason why it was vetoed by the last administration -- can be incorporated anew in the bill or as a subject of another legislation.
Sen. Risa Hontiveros has called on the DICT to demand 3rd telco Dito Telecommunity to step up its services, after reports of consumer complaints about the telco's "poor services", while Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian is pushing for the registration of pre-paid SIM cards after a series of incidents involving scams were committed on food delivery riders.
Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian is pushing for the bill mandating registration of all users of pre-paid SIM cards in the Senate after scammers managed to charge to his credit card account an online food delivery using a prepaid mobile phone.
Local telcos earlier estimated that the process of integration, interoperability, and other technical preparations would take some time and will make number portability services ready by the second half of 2021.
Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson said a bill he has just filed may finally help stop online scams and so-called "Tapon-SIM" crimes where criminals use prepaid SIM cards that can be disposed of to throw law enforcers off their trail.
Not only does it undermine one's constitutional right to privacy and pose a threat to specific sectors and vulnerable groups, it has also been exposed as ineffective and inefficient in some countries that have adopted its use.