PNP supports National ID System

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Monday has virtually threw its backing on the setting-up of a national ID systems being revived at the Senate by comebacking Senator Panfilo Lacson.

Lacson, a former PNP Chief, has renewed his call for a national identification system to be used as an effective tool in maintaining peace and order and solving the country’s problem on criminality and a deterrent against crimes.

PNP spokesman, Chief Supt. Agrimero Cruz Jr., the PNP respect the wisdom of Senator Lacson in reviving the call for a National ID, but said that this will still up for the legislator to approve or not.

“We believed that he has studied this thoroughly and as a former chief PNP, he is an authority on this matter,” Cruz said in a text message to Remate.PH.

But, the PNP spokesman, quickly added. “However, we leave its passage to the greater understading and appreciation of our legislators,”

Senator Lacson said earlier that the proposed National ID system can also be used not only against in curbing crimes or tracking down wanted criminals or terrorists but also in running after tax evaders.

Senator Lacson allayed fears that the National ID system will infringe on someones’ rights since the only information that will be recorded on it are the birth dates and vitals statistics of the holder.

Bank account’s number and other confidential information on an individuals will not be recorded on the ID, the senator said.

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