SENATOR Panfilo Lacson allayed fears raised by some groups on the impending passage of the National ID system that allegedly will pose threats to security and privacy of a person.
The bicameral conference committee last week approved the reconciled version of the bill and both the Senate and the House of Representatives were expected to ratify the consolidated measure today so President Rodrigo Duterte could sign it into law.
Lacson said that only enemies of the government and those who use “aliases” will be affected by the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys).
“Ang di ko maunawaan ang bumabatikos at kumokontra. Wala ba silang mga driver’s license, wala ba silang mga passport o wala silang voter’s ID? Siguradong meron. Ang information na ilalagay sa national ID, pareho lang information pati biometrics at facial image, iris scan, pareho lang. Bakit sila nagrereklamo e dumaan sila sa ganitong proseso?” Lacson said in a radio interview over dzBB.
The senator said that those who would be negatively affected by the implementation of the PhilSys would be those using aliases and enemies of the government intentionally hiding their real identities.
“Siguro ito ang pinangangamba ng mawalang-galang ang maka-kaliwa kasi may mga NPA, may ASG, ang lumalaban sa gobyerno medyo mahihirapan sila ngayon dahil pag nagkaroon ng ID system makikilala talaga kung sino ang sino,” added Lacson.
The measure, Lacson stressed, would be beneficial to millions of Filipinos because they could use the national ID in all transactions.
“Napakaraming pakinabang. Una, kapag nag-transact tayo ng business sa public institutions o pribado, hindi na tayo hahanapan ng kung anu-anong papeles o dokumento para mapatunayan na tayo ang tao na nag-aapply,” he said.
Lacson added that people would not need to carry all their government issued IDs when opening a bank account, applying for a loan, renewing their passport or driver’s license and other processes that would need proof of identification because their PhilSys would be enough.
Lacson said he found the claim of those saying that a national ID would infringe on people’s right to privacy unfounded, noting that personal information are contained in passports, drivers’ licenses and other government issued IDs.
“This (national ID) will a be a landmark legislation because it is only under the Duterte administration that it would be enacted,” Lacson said, adding that the proposal has gone through four different administrations.
“Tatlong dekada ito kasi 1990s pa si Fidel V. Ramos, kaya halos tatlong dekada at sa Kongreso naman parang 18 years na binubuo ito, kasi mag-18 years ako sa Senate. File ako ng file nito,” Lacson added.