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Nat’l ID system not high on Duterte’s agenda – Palace

By: - Reporter / @NCorralesINQ
/ 08:11 PM April 20, 2017

 
President Rodrigo Duterte is considering implementing a national ID system in the county but Malacañang said it was not his priority.

In a Palace briefing, presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella told reporters that implementing a national ID system was “being considered.”

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But in statement released after the briefing, Abella said the national ID system was not high on Duterte’s legislative agenda.

“(Duterte) is open to the idea of a National ID system but at the moment it is not included on his legislative priority agenda,” he said.

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During his state visit to Saudi Arabia during the Holy week, Duterte said in a speech before overseas Filipino workers that having a national ID system is “good.”

“It’s also pending in Congress. I am only 9 months sa pagka-Presidente ko po (in office),” he said. “We’re working on it because it’s good.”

Former president and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo filed a bill that would integrate all government-initiated IDs into a single identification system.

Militant lawmakers have opposed the proposed national ID system pending approval in the House of Representatives, saying it would threaten the privacy of ordinary citizens.

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