Senate committee hearing on scam, spam text messages to start on Sept. 8

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 5) — The Senate Services Committee will begin its hearing on the proliferation of spam and scam text messages on Thursday, Sept. 8.

Sen. Grace Poe, chairman of the committee, revealed she was also a victim of such schemes, saying in one instance she was contacted by someone who said they were an officer in the Senate.

“If we, senators, who have a complete staff work wherein every transaction goes through a vetting process, are affected by these, what more our ordinary countrymen? How would they be able to verify the messages sent to them?” she stressed.

During the hearing, the committee will discuss bills on SIM card registration.

Former President Rodrigo Duterte vetoes the SIM card registration law in April, however Poe said she would refile the bill in the 19th Congress.

Poe said she would continue to refile the bill until it was passed.

Meanwhile, Sen. JV Ejercito also said he was a victim of a text scam, asked the National Telecommunications Commission to act decisively on the matter, adding he is backing the SIM card registration bill.

"I think I would want to support the SIM card registration. This would greatly prevent the scammers and pranksters from doing their modus operandi," he said.

"I will just support Senator Grace Poe on her hearing on this particular issue. Kasi medyo nagiging rampant na ang mga ganitong scams at pranks [These scams and pranks are becoming too rampant]."