By Leslie Ann Aquino
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines Episcopal Commission on Migrants and Itinerant People said the alleged data breach in the passport system should be probed.
In a statement, ECMI chairman and Balanga Bishop Ruperto Santos said the matter should be thoroughly investigated and those guilty punished for the sake of overases Filipino workers who will also be affected by this incident.
“We appeal for thorough investigation, no sacred cows, those guilty be prosecuted,” he said.
“For the sake of our OFWs who made to suffer much because of new DFA requirement of procuring birth certificates,” added Santos.
“They have not been properly notified, posted more difficulties for them in terms of time, expenses and burden to their families in families to get those birth certificates,” he said.
Santos said to investigate, to correct the mistakes and mess, and to punish the guilty is great service to the country, especially to OFWs, our modern day heroes.
Senator Risa Hontiveros earlier filed Senate Resolution No. 981, which seeks a Senate inquiry on allegations first surfaced by DFA Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. that an unidentified private contractor involved with making passports failed to turn over the personal data of passport applicants.
“As the Philippines is about to begin implementation of the National ID System, reports such as these do not inspire confidence in the capacity of government to protect our data and its ability to police and hold accountable private contractors who process personal information,” she said in a statement.
Hontiveros said a Senate probe on the issue will help institutionalize measures “meant to further protect personal data of Filipinos and prevent possible illegal use of the same.”