- Senator Antonio “Sonny” Trillanes filed a bill seeking to create and distribute identification cards to all Filipinos
- Trillanes claimed that the centralize ID system would help the government render better services to the people
- The Filipino ID will be distributed free of charge
A bill to create a national identification (ID) system was filed by defeated vice presidential candidate Antonio “Sonny” Trillanes IV.
According to Senate Bill no. 95 or the Filipino Identification System bill, the “Filipino ID shall be made of tamper-proof security material.” It also said that basic information should be imprinted on the ID; these include "photograph, name, birth date, sex, date of issue, signature of owner.”
The bill would require the government to distribute the identification cards to all Filipinos, even those overseas.
According to reports, the Senator particularly said that each ID must include a serial number care of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA). A biometric data of the cardholder should also be included.
Trillanes said that this will help the government serve the people better, “having a national ID system would be helpful in our anti-crime and anti-terror campaign. By having a centralized database, we would have easy access to information about suspects, fugitives and other lawless elements,” he explained.
The senate backed the bill explaining that the proposed identification system would help “reduce leakage” in social service programs.
The Filipino ID would be given free upon registration. Citizens would only be compelled to pay for replacement of lost cards.
The bill stated that it’s part of the government social service responsibility.
Senator Antonio “Sonny” Trillanes ran for vice president without a tandem. He eventually lost to Liberal Party bet Leni Robredo. He was elected to the senate in 2013, making him remain as senator until 2019 despite his failed vice-presidential bid.