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Buying a Smart Sim Card or Globe Sim Card? Big Brother Might Be Watching!

Buying a Smart SIM  card or a Globe SIM card in the Philippines?  A new House bill, Bill 3940, is being proposed by two Mindanao lawmakers in the Philippines with evidently too much time on their hands. This according to a recent January 20, 2011 article in the Philippine Star.  Shades of Big Brother! I move to the Philippines and enjoy the relative peace of  having the Philippine government not butt into my business to the extent Big Brother in America did, and now these two bonehead Filipino lawmakers want telecommunications firms that sell prepaid SIM cards to activate the purchased card only after entering the name of the buyer. The buyer will now have to present a valid government ID when purchasing a Smart SIM card, Globe SIM card or other SIM cards in the Philippines.  Violators would be fined P100,000 to P1 million and imprisoned for one to two years. Hello

The "lawmakers" noted that SIM cards have been used in making ransom demands and in robberies, and by individuals that threaten, harass, and solicit donations.  Note to lawmakers: "ANYONE CAN PRESENT A FAKE ID. ANY CRIMINAL CAN HAVE SOMEONE ELSE BUY THE SIM CARDS FOR THEM!" According to mobile phone service providers in the Philippines, most of their customers (myself included) use prepaid SIM cards.  I, along with millions of other cell phone users in the Philippines, will now be registered into a national database if this asinine law is passed.  The "lawmakers" state that Singapore and Kenya already have such registration laws in place. "Duh!" What does that have to do with the Philippines?

I guess with the spate of recent tragic car hijackings in the Philippines involving used car dealers that resulted in the torture and burning of the victims, this might have prompted the proposed bill. But again, what criminal is going to be stupid enough to use a SIM card in his cell phone that he himself had to present an ID before purchasing it? While I profess that I've read stories of some stupid Filipino crooks since living in the Philippines, I seriously doubt there will be  many that will be that ignorant. But then again, what do I now?  Maybe those "lawmakers" from Mindanao know more about the criminal mind in the Philippines then I do. After all, they are politicians!

13 thoughts on “Buying a Smart Sim Card or Globe Sim Card? Big Brother Might Be Watching!

    • Absolutely right, Brian! It scares me the longer I live here to see the lawmakers trying to mimic the US lawmakers. I love the freedom I have in the Philippines and enjoy not having someone breathe down my back every minute telling me what to do (my wife already takes care of that!)

  1. Most of the people committing crimes PROBABLY have a stolen cell phone with a SIM card already in it, or they will begin stealing them. I have to admit, the lawmakers are serious with the steep penalties imposed if this becomes law.

    • Good point, Jakeb, the people committing the crimes probably do have a stolen cell phone, never thought of that angle. I’ll have to follow this and see if it becomes law. I just think it’s more unnecessary government intervention.

  2. Good Grief! I could have staying in Michigan for this. 1984 all over again. Maybe I could find more freedom in China. There goes the cellphone in the canal.

    73,
    Gary

  3. Dave…its just another example of the New World Order taking place…A little here and a little there…Soon if they have there way…All computors will have soft ware on them that will read all your e-mails before you send them and if they are not up to the New World Order aproval then you will not be able to send them…I no some of you are laughing it up on this little response, and its ok with me…but take a moment and put the brain to work and ask your self how many freedoms you as a person have lost over the last 25 or so years.Example..soon all those that get a SS Check will have 2 opitons…starting in 2 years..You either sign up for the Goverment national debit card…..or give them the info for your bank account for direct deposit…Then they have a pretty clear record of what you are doing with your money,if you use the dbit card they can soon profile what kind of spender you are..where you spend it and where you go all most to spend it..if you have it put into your bank account then they have a record there also of your activities, etc. I am sure there are many other examples of all of this loss of freedom by ordinary people…sad to hear they are thinking of that plan on the sim cards………They all ready do it in Vietnam..and sure other countries also……I wonder what it will be like 50 years from now??, maybe just a few people left fighting the machines…hahaha

    • Well, Dan, I can think of a LOT of personal freedoms I have lost over the past 25 years when I lived in America. Illegal search or seizures in the form of roadblocks by police officers under the guise of checking for safety violations or drunk drivers. The restriction of free speech where the PC Police stomp on the rights of those that say things some people do not like. The simple freedom of just burning leaves in my own backyard taken away is another example. Mandatory helmet laws in some states for bikers. Mandatory seat belt laws. Oh, sure, the government is just trying to protect us and make life safer for everyone. Guess what? Big government, I don’t want your intervention. Butt out. Don’t jam Universal Health Care “reform” that has actually led to a REDUCTION of benefits I receive as a retiree down my throat. But you did, but at least the House is trying to repeal it. When the Philippines continues down a path like America has and takes away freedoms from me, it will be time to start looking for a new home elsewhere.

  4. I guess I’m just a guy who prefers to be off the grid, John. While I was part of the telecommunications industry in America for almost 30 years, I was aware that my former employer kept track of any calls made or received on postpaid accounts, and of course can track what cell phone tower calls are made from and what phone they came from (as long as it was a prepaid account. My former employer had mostly postpaid landline and mobile phone accounts but of course that is changing.) Anyone employee that tried to access any private records for personal use were rightly dismissed. I had no sympathy for them.

    I also knew that the NSA was recording telephone calls my wife was making to the Philippines and while I didn’t like the intrusion, there really was not much I could do about it. Thank God for my magicJack telephone hooked up to my computer in the Philippines where I suppose I’m talking freely to anyone back in the States. But who knows? I’m not engaging in any criminal activity aside from the occasional poor blogging post, and agree with you that any registration of SIM cards int the Philippines would be a minor inconvenience to any criminals. I guess I really shouldn’t be blaming the criminal element as I’m sure it is just a concerted effort by governments everywhere, even so-called democracies, to reduce the personal freedoms of its citizens.

  5. I think it will also increase the number of stolen cell phones in the Philippines, John. If the law is passed, it won’t really affect the criminal element, just help the government track everyone and take away more freedoms from us.

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