SIM card registration, BSKE postponement bills up for Marcos' signature

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 4) — Two bills recently ratified by lawmakers are now awaiting President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr.'s signature.

Senate President Juan Miguel Zubiri and House Speaker Martin Romualdez on Tuesday led the ceremonial signing of the first two enrolled bills of the 19th Congress — the SIM Registration Act and the postponement of the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) polls.

The bills were turned over to Presidential Legislative Liaison Office (PLLO) Sec. Mark Llandro Mendoza for signing into law by the president.

"Hopefully these first enrolled bills will now turn into our first two laws," Zubiri said in a separate statement, noting the "effective working relationship” formed by the two chambers.

"[A]nd if our bicameral sessions for these two bills are anything to go by, then I think we can all expect to have a very active and productive 19th Congress," Zubiri added.

Romualdez for his part said he was honored to join Zubiri in signing the enrolled bills and that he looks "forward to more of these occasions."

The SIM card registration bill was ratified by both chambers of Congress on Sept. 28. 

The measure seeks to address SIM-enabled text and online scams by regulating the sale and use of SIM cards. This will require users to register their SIM with valid identification.

Meanwhile, the bill postponing the barangay and SK elections was also ratified on the same date.

It seeks to reschedule the polls from Dec. 5, 2022 to the last Monday of October 2023.

Asked about the bills in a briefing, Executive Secretary Lucas Bersamin said both bills will "most likely" be signed by the chief executive.

"Alam niyo kasi (yung) mga ganyang [You know those kinds of] signing you must presume the good faith of the two houses of the legislature and when they submit to the president for his signature, any piece of legislation na pagdaanan na nila [that they went through], the probability is high that the president will agree with them. Very seldom naman na veto eh [that it is vetoed]," he pointed out.