VERA FILES FACT CHECK: Dela Rosa’s claim on SIM card registration’s effects FALSE

Mandating the registration of Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) cards can deter crime.

Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa 09/05/2022 False

SIM card registration policies have not been helpful in curbing crime, according to the UK-based Privacy International’s online page. “Mexico’s card registration law was enacted in 2009 but was repealed just three years later after yielding no improvement in the prevention, investigation, and prosecution of associated crimes,” the website said.

Expressing his support for a bill mandating the registration of Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) cards, Sen. Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa claimed that the measure can help deter crime.

This is false.

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The former police chief co-sponsored in the 18th Congress a similar bill but it was vetoed by then-president Rodrigo Duterte last April because it contained provisions requiring social media accounts to be registered under the owner’s legal name. Duterte said this could impede the constitutional right to privacy.

Editor’s note: This article was updated to include the video fact check.


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Senate of the Philippines official YouTube channel, Plenary Session No. 16 (September 5, 2022), Sept. 5, 2022

Privacy International, SIM Card Registration, accessed on Sept. 6, 2022

GMSA, Access to Mobile Services and Proof of Identity 2021 Revisiting SIM Registration and Know Your Customer (KYC) Contexts During COVID-19, April 2021

Senate of the Philippines official website, SBN-2395 (Veto Message), April 14, 2022


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