Tito Sotto eyes saving vetoed SIM card registration bill

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THE vetoed SIM Card Registration Bill can still be saved and passed into law, according to Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III on Monday, April 18, 2022.

In an interview with reporters, Sotto said he would call Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea to inform him of the options that will be taken that can overturn the veto made by President Rodrigo Duterte last April 15.

“I was about to call Executive Secretary Medialdea because I am trying to find a way to save the bill,” said Sotto.

Sotto said one of the options is that both houses of Congress—the Senate and House of Representatives—will deliver a vote of two-thirds to override the veto powers of the president.

However, if Congress would succeed in the first option, the provisions disliked by Duterte could still be questioned before the Supreme Court.

The other option that Sotto would consider is to have the next set of lawmakers refile the bill without the provision that caused the president to reject the bill.

Acting Presidential Spokesperson Martin Andanar said President Duterte did not agree with the provision that requires the inclusion of social media providers in the registration.

Sotto lamented that the Philippines is one of the few remaining countries in the world that does not mandate the registration of prepaid SIM (subscriber identity module) cards.

The legislator added that the bill, if passed into law, could help the government avoid bombing incidents, fraud and blackmail.

He said bombings not just in the Philippines and other volatile parts of the world used cell phone with prepaid SIM cards because they’re untraceable.

Sotto further stated that registration of SIM cards in the country is vital since this can be a starting point for investigations of crimes that involve the use of mobile communication.

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