Sotto Renews Call for Mandatory Registration of Pre-Paid SIM Cards

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MANILA, Philippines (PNA) - Senate Majority Floor Leader Vicente Sotto III said on Thursday the government should now seriously consider adopting the policy requiring the registration of names of pre-paid SIM (subscriber identification module) card holders.Sotto pressed on this matter during the Senate's hearing on the peace and order situation in the country. He first made the proposal during the 11th and 12th Congresses -- when there were series of bombing incidents in the country and the explosive devices were reported to be triggered by mobile phones."It also happened in Mindanao and other areas where there were bombings and the bomb was triggered by a cell phone. Now, just to refresh the memory of our committee, this representation was chairman of the committee on public services in the 11th and 12th Congresses. During that time, I was already driving home a point to the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) and I hope this time the PNP and the DILG will back me up on this issue. I, time and again, asked them to make the telecommunication companies register their pre-paid SIM card," he said in the proceedings.Sotto brought it up in the light of Tuesday's bus explosion that killed five persons and injured several others. Initial reports said a mobile phone was used to trigger the improvised explosive device. …