Oppose proposals for a National ID system--CPP

Information Bureau
Communist Party of the Philippines
August 05, 2013

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) today called on the Filipino people to oppose proposals to establish a National ID system, saying this "will only be weaponized by the military in the suppression of democratic rights and serve as a tool of the reactionaries to advance their narrow political interests."

The proposal for a national ID system was revived a few days ago in the reactionary congress through House Bill 6895 filed by Albay Representative Al Francis Bichara. If enacted into law, all Filipinos here and abroad will be required to secure non-transferable IDs from their local civil registrars.

"The proposed national ID system is a throwback to the cedula system of the Spanish colonial rule," said the CPP. "Like the old Spanish cedula, it is bound to end up as a tool to control the people, their movements, economic and cultural life and political activities."

"The people should oppose this proposal as it would cause long-term damage to their right to resist and rise up in the face of tyranny and oppression," said the CPP. "Such a national ID system will only be used by the reactionaries to strengthen their class rule by having at their disposal another tool for suppressing the people."

"In the hands of the reactionaries, such vast and concentrated information, such as that which will be gathered in the proposed national ID system, as well as those being amassed through online spying by intelligence agencies, is being transformed into a weapon directed against those who the state considers as its enemies."

"Aquino is feigning disinterest with the national ID system, claiming concerns over privacy rights. But he had ended up expressing openness to the idea," pointed out the CPP. "When was Aquino ever interested in privacy rights when his regime has pursued and defended the cybercrime law which violates such rights wholesale."

"Aquino is again using his worn-out hyper-excusing tactic of 'I didn't do it. Nobody saw me do it. You can't prove anything!' to dodge responsibility for pushing the national ID system, without actually opposing it or doing anything to stop it," said the CPP. "This is the same tactic used by the US-Aquino regime in pushing for the neoliberal amendments to the 1987 constitution or chacha without appearing to do so."