Dela Rosa pushes for text scam inquiry

Dela Rosa pushes for text scam inquiry

By Liza Soriano

MANILA — Senator Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa has renewed his call for a Senate investigation into the worrisome increase in SMS fraud in light of the senators’ unanimous decision to take immediate action to curb the widespread scam.

Dela Rosa supported the appeal of Senator Jinggoy Estrada and other senators to put an end to the pervasive text scam at a demonstration.

“For the information of the body, I have filed Senate Resolution No. 69 on July 27, 2022, calling to investigate, in aid of legislation, the alarming rising number of text scams. This is in connection with one of my priority legislations for this Congress, Senate Bill No. 429 or the SIM Card Registration Act, which I filed on July 12, 2022,” Dela Rosa said.

The former police chief recalled that in his co-sponsorship speech of the SIM Card bill in the last Congress, he mentioned instances of bombings triggered by prepaid SIM cards.

“To reiterate, on 27 January 2019, security footage of a bombing shows one of the bombers holding a mobile phone that was used to trigger bomb blasts that targeted two churches in the south. On 04 September 2016, a blast in Davao City used a mobile phone to trigger an improvised explosive device detonation, and on 26 January 2011, five people were killed in Manila when a mortar ammunition triggered by a cellphone was detonated in a bus,” he said.

Dela Rosa claimed that criminal elements also utilize unregistered prepaid SIM cards to steal peoples’ hard-earned cash in addition to using them to advance their terroristic actions.

“Kahit noong kasagsagan ng pandemya, hindi tumigil ang mga kawatan. Ang nakatatakot pa rito ay wala tayong kaalam-alam kung sino itong mga text scammer na ito. Nakababahalang tila nakuha nila ang mga pangalan ng mga nagmamayari ng mobile number ng kanilang tine-text,” he said.

There are already 157 countries mandating the registration of SIM cards, based on the data from Privacy International.


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