Sen. Tito Sotto claimed he proposed the SIM card bill 34 years ago before SIMs got invented - TrueID

Sen. Tito Sotto claimed he proposed the SIM card bill 34 years ago before SIMs got invented

DailypediaOctober 13, 2022

Netizens were left confused after former senator Tito Sotto said he waited 34 years for his proposal of a SIM card registration bill to get passed.

On October 10, President Marcos Jr. signed the SIM registration bill, the first ever since winning the presidency.

Republic Act No. (RA) 11934, or “An Act Requiring the Registration of SIM Cards” will require Filipinos and foreigners to register their names on any sim card they purchase.

The law aims to lessen text messaging scams in the country.

Sotto said via tweet that he proposed the bill 34 years ago.

“FINALLY!!! After 34 years of my proposal, now a law! Praise God!!!”

Former senator Ping Lacson congratulated his ex-running partner on the accomplishment.

“Yes, I still remember my interpellation when you sponsored the measure on the floor. My first question was: what does SIM stand for? I also vividly remember your response,” Lacson wrote.

Senator Joel Villanueva joined in on praising Sotto.

“Thanks to you Boss SP @sotto_tito. This is also your legacy as it is one of your pet bills Sir. God bless you more!” he said.

However, netizens could not be sure if Sotto’s claim of 34 years was accurate. 

34 years ago would be the year 1988, a time when Sotto was serving as Quezon City’s vice mayor.

Sotto was elected senator four years later.

Medyo confused lang po kami. 1988 po nag simula ang proposal? Wala pa pong sim card that time. 1991 ang sim card na develop at 1992 kayo naging senador. Tama po ba?” a netizen inquired.

SIM cards weren’t invented until 1991, one noted.

Sotto had to explain what he meant by his remark.

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