MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Leftist members of Congress say that the proposed National ID law “infringes on people’s right to privacy.”
“This is an infringement of our right to privacy, right against surveillance and other forms of civil rights. That is why we are opposing this national ID system,” Gabriel Rep. Arlene Brosas said.
“That is additional ammunition for the Duterte administration that is wont to silence, harass and criminalize those who oppose its policies. They can use this for intensified surveillance,” Kabataan Rep. Sarah Elago said.
Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Zarate also suggested that the ID system could make Filipinos vulnerable to data breach.
“We know there are several breaches of information these days and it is also a big concern that the system will be operated by a foreign company, Unisys,” he said.
“It is not far-fetched that our data can be hacked and used for criminal or commercial purposes,” he added.
One thing good about this Administration is that when you complain, it listens and makes an effort to resolve your problem or issue.
So today, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) revoked the Philippine passports of Brosas, Elago and Zarate, saying that it respects the privacy of these solons.
”Applying for a passport means you have to freely divulge personal and private information and we’d like to respect the solons’ privacy by revoking their passports.,” DFA Secretary Alan Cayetano told The Adobo Chronicles.