The January 25 bus blast that left five people dead prompted some lawmakers to revive calls for a mandatory SIM card registration nationwide. According to initial investigations, a mobile phone was used to detonate the bomb inside the passenger bus.
Congressmen Rufus and Maximo Rodriguez filed a bill to regulate the distribution and sale of SIM cards, while Senator Vicente "Tito" Sotto III called on the telecom companies to register SIM cards.
The proposal drew mixed reactions from the Yahoo! Philippines Answers community, considering the number of existing mobile phone subscribers in the country as well as overseas Filipinos who are also maintaining local SIM cards.
User Nier feels that registering a SIM card will not stop people from carrying out a crime and that lawmakers should focus more on improving the government's law enforcement capability.
Jess B., who is also against the proposal, argued that this could lead to more cases of mobile phone theft.
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