PLDT-Smart committed to SIM registration despite Duterte’s veto, paper says

21 Apr 2022

The Manila Bulletin writes that Filipino telecoms operator PLDT and mobile arm Smart Communications remain committed to SIM card registration despite President Rodrigo Duterte having vetoed the SIM Card Registration Act last Friday (15 April). Whilst the bill’s purview was to reduce the possibilities for electronic communication-enabled crimes, Duterte said he was ‘constrained to disagree’ with a proposed provision on social media registration which he argues could threaten constitutionally protected rights.

In the wake of the setback, PLDT chairman Manuel V Pangilinan confirmed that his company is still hoping to find a way to get SIM cards registered while PLDT/Smart CEO Alfredo S Panlilio said: ‘Smart has long been in the forefront of consumer online protection and has been actively pushing programs toward this pursuit … This includes initiatives that keep our customers safe from scams and fraud, activities that uphold the highest standards of data privacy, and programs that promote safe online spaces for all, especially for children.’

Separately, Senate President Vicente C Sotto III announced on Monday 18 April that he intends to override Duterte’s veto before the 18th Congress closes.