Smart backs renewed push for SIM registration amid spike in text scams

Smart Communications Inc. hasn’t given up on the passage of the SIM card registration bill as it expressed continued support for the measure.

This comes as Senator Grace Poe, chair of the Senate public services committee, urged members of the incoming 19th Congress to immediately pass the bill to effectively prevent text scams.

The bill was vetoed by President Duterte last April due to the inclusion of social media in the measure.

Smart, for its part, believes the SIM card registration bill will ensure consumer protection.

“As a longtime advocate of consumer online protection, Smart has been actively implementing initiatives to keep our customers safe, especially from scams and fraud,” PLDT and Smart Communications president and CEO Alfredo Panlilio said.

“We are always ready to support the legislative process. We welcome any opportunity to contribute to the success of the SIM card registration bill and support the government in developing its implementing rules and regulations,” Panlilio added.

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