Lawmakers in the Philippines have been pondering on the registration of SIM card (Subscriber Identity Module) of mobile cellular phone of Filipinos and whoever who uses cellular phone in the Philippines as well as laptop purchased in the Philippines on government records in order either to control or track whoever have a plan to terrorize the Philippines using a cellular phone or a laptop with internet connection. This is a panic reaction or as Senator Francis escudero says an “overreaction” against recent labeled “terrorize attacks” bus explosion using a cellular phone to detonate a hidden bomb.
For the laws pondered is very intrusive on the privacy and rights of every Filipino; it is also a violation of human rights. For imagined, the government could read your SMS messages and could hear your calls every time you use your cellular phone or whenever you send messages from your cellular phone and whenever you call someone using your cellular phone. The worse on this is, they could equivocate or put other meanings or put malice on your SMS messages and calls suspecting you to be a terrorist whereas you are not. This is the bad shot of this law if it is approved and imposed. Instead of tracking down the real terrorist, innocent people will be suspected and arrested to be a terrorist by just wrong interpretation of the government officials to your SMS messages and calls.
Likewise also if one is being wire tapped when browsing the internet using one’s laptop, one can be falsely judge or misinterpret for the websites one is visiting and the government could hack and access one’s personal accounts on paypal, social networking sites like facebook account, one’s personal e-mail accounts, etc., as if one have already a spyware virus on one’s laptop or PC. This is really how worst is the law these lawmakers are pondering of.
What these lawmakers is pondering is not to stop terrorism in the Philippines but rather to increase more terrors and fears and injustices among Filipino people if the laws they are thinking regarding the registration of SIM cards and laptop will be approved and imposed. They are not thinking straight about it; as they always do, because some lawmakers in the Philippines always fails on the laws they created and only causes more unpleasant happenings in the Philippines.
Being frightened by the so-called “terror attacks” by a fearful and panicking reaction is not the solution to stop the attacks but fearful reaction are just increasing the terror and scare, the “terror attacks” has terrorize your senses.
It is indeed an “overreaction”; a panic attack.