- The video showing an ID with a smiling monkey’s face successfully going through the SIM registration process has gone viral
- According to the report by GMA 24 Oras, it was the National Bureau of Investigation, or NBI, itself that tried to register several newly purchased SIM cards using an ID with the picture of a smiling monkey
- The investigative agency, during a senate investigation about the matter, said they used the same ID on all Telcos and they were successful in their registration process
- The Telcos, for their part gave varying reasons as to why such an ID was able to successfully go through the process
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The video where the issue about the ID with the photo of a smiling monkey successfully going through the SIM registration process is being discussed and investigated has gone viral.
In a report by GMA 24 Oras, it was the National Bureau of Investigation, or NBI, itself that tried to register several newly-bought SIM cards using an ID with the said picture.
In an ongoing senate investigation about the matter, the government’s premiere investigative agency said they used the same ID on all Telcos and each time, their registration attempt became successful.
During the investigation, the senators were reportedly shocked at what NBI’s Cybercrime Division presented to them.
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NBI showed them how easy it was to register a SIM card even if the photo appearing on the ID is that of a smiling monkey.
In a report by Rappler https://www.rappler.com/business/monkey-photo-register-sim-card-registration-philippines/, the Chief of the NBI Cybercrime Division, Jeremy Lotoc, said they tested the Telcos’ SIM registration system and they were able to register using the said ID.
“Just last night, we tried to register, we bought SIM cards from different Telcos, and we entered the face of an animal actually and different names,” Jeremy Lotoc, the chief of NBI Cybercrime Division, said during the senate investigation.
“Natanggap pa rin Ma'am actually. The picture on the left, your honor, ano po yan, monkey,” he added.
For their part, the Telcos gave varying reasons as to why such an ID was able to successfully pass their system.
Some of them cited the Data Privacy Law, more specifically, the law’s Implementing Rules and Regulations or IRR, which they claim limits their ability to gather more information from SIM card registrants.
In a CNN report Senator Grace Poe, on hearing about the smiling monkey and successful SIM registration, called for an amendment to the IRR so similar things would never happen again.
Posts, such as photos or videos, that arouse the interest of netizens would often go viral on social media. These viral posts appeal to the emotions of netizens, and in rare cases, such could also happen to ordinary people.
One is that of Pablo Torre, a Fil-Am sportswriter, and his picture wearing a "Sablay." Torre has also explained why he wore a “Sablay” at an event he attended. This was after he earned the ire of some netizens for wearing such in a non-academic event. The “Sablay” is the official sash of the University of the Philippines worn by both graduating students and graduates attending academic activities and functions. He also admitted he never went to the University of the Philippines and the “Sablay” he wore was from his father whom he said graduated from the institution.
On the other hand, an example of a viral video is that of the post about a Grade 12 student in Bacolod City who works as a part-time mime artist and waiter just so he would have money to spend for his school needs. In the post of local media outlet Radyo Bandera Bacolod City, one can see several photos of the student doing his stuff as a mime artist on the side of the road in the said city.
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