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Duterte: Nothing to fear about nat’l ID unless you’re doing something illegal

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President Rodrigo Duterte has allayed fears that the national identification system might be used to harass or terrorize Filipinos at the whim of the law enforcement agencies, especially in the wake of his administration’s bloody war against drugs.

Duterte had just signed the Philippine Identification System Act along with the Organic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

“There is therefore no basis at all for the apprehensions about the national ID, unless of course that fear is based on anything that borders to illegal,” Duterte said in a speech in Malacañang on Monday (August 6).

The national ID will aid in the drive against the social menaces of poverty, corruption and criminal issues, as well as terrorism and violent extremism, he said.

Duterte also called for public support for the national ID system, which would promote the efficient delivery of services through a single ID that will be issued to all citizens and resident aliens.

The national ID system dispense with the need to present multiple IDs for different government transactions, he added.

“This will not just enhance administrative governance but reduce corruption, curtail bureaucratic red tape, and promote the ease of doing business, but also avert fraudulent transactions, strengthen financial inclusion, and create a more secure environment for our people,” Duterte said.

The information that will be included in the Phil-ID will not be any different from the information already in the possession of the Philippine Statistics Authority or the former NSO, GSIS, PhilHealth, Pag-IBIG Fund, COMELEC, and other agencies that gather personal data.