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House panel to tackle telecommunications security act

May 16, 2017 @ 8:28
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Tarlac 2nd District Representative Victor Yap pushed for the passage of measures prohibiting the use of telecommunications devices for illicit and illegal activities.

The Tarlac politiko said there is a need for remedies on dealing with telephone and mobile communications harassment.

“There are more than 100 million mobile phone users in the Philippines. As years go by, more and more criminals exploit telecommunications technology to pursue their malicious deeds. Text scams, whether done for a crime as petty as load theft, or via a syndicate to extort money has been prevalent for the last couple of years. These are just some of the issues that we as legislators, must address,” Yap said.

The House Committee on Information and Communication Technology, which Yap is chairman, is also set to tackle several bills seeking to penalize persons and entities that send messages containing commercial offerings, advertisements and political ads without the consent of the receiver.

“Our citizens should be free from receiving unsolicited, unnecessary, and unwanted communication without their consent. We should enact a law that punish repeated and unwanted contact by offenders through telephone, mobile phone or telephone related services. The use of communication technology to defraud our citizens must be dealt with severely,” he said.

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