Sen. Panfilo Lacson on Thursday reiterated his name for a national ID system, which he stated wouldn’t solely deter crime however would additionally keep away from inconveniences in authorities transactions.
In a media discussion board, Lacson additionally chided these opposing such a system for his or her fears, together with these on the opportunity of their privateness being violated.
“Ano ba kinatatakot natin sa national ID e may mga ID naman talaga tayo?” he stated.
“Nagtataka lang ako ang kumokontra rito maraming aliases ang maraming pangalan na ginagamit dahil lumalabag sa batas,” he added.
He stated it’s inconvenient to not have a single ID, as some transactions with banks might require a second ID.
On the opposite hand, he stated some could also be held by immigration officers simply because they occur to have namesakes with pending prison circumstances.
“Whereas kung meron tayong singular national ID, napaka-convenient para sa ating lahat, di tayo mapeperwisyo kung naharang sa checkpoint kita ID mo alam na authentic ang government ID, napakaraming pwede. Pati pag-apply ng clearances,” he stated.
Lacson additionally maintained there might be no invasion of privateness with the national ID system, saying the IDs would include solely primary info like biometrics.
Presently, Lacson stated his invoice for a national ID system is pending within the committee on justice. He stated he might discuss to committee chairman Richard Gordon on holding a listening to.
He stated his invoice would require a national reference quantity for Filipinos at start.
Lacson, a former Philippine National Police chief, additionally cited the benefits of a national ID system in going after criminals.
He cited the system in Japan the place regulation enforcers can establish a prison primarily based on fingerprints lifted from a crime scene, by cross-referencing it with national ID data.
“Ang dali nila ma-pinpoint sino nagsagawa ng krimen. Kaya sabi ko nga ang natatakot dito ang may planong mag-holdup kasi pag nakaiwan sila ng fingerprint malamang sa hindi mahuli sila,” he stated.
Meanwhile, Lacson stated the national ID system may also ferret out tax evaders. “Kung may national ID madali ma-identify sino di nagfa-file ng income tax,” he stated.