“… it is critical that the Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) Card Registration Act not be approved into binding law and these provisions be reconsidered to allow the residents of Philippines to continue to enjoy an open internet.”
Just an update, today Friday, 15 April 2022 (Good Friday), we learned that the President of the Republic exercised his veto power on the proposed SIM Card Registration Law.
According to the Presidential Spokesman:
“The President noted that the inclusion of social media providers in the registration requirement was not part of the original version of the bill and needs a more thorough study. Prior versions only mandated the registration of SIM cards. The President similarly found that certain aspects of state intrusion, or the regulation thereof, have not been duly defined, discussed, or threshed out in the enrolled bill, with regard to social media registration.”
Last Monday, the community sent a letter to the President urging him to exercise his veto powers over the proposed legislation.
A big win for privacy in the Philippines! With that said, the Mozilla Philippines Community issues this statement.