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Hontiveros to DFA: Explain


passport holders’ data loss
By: Christia Marie Ramos - Reporter / @CMRamosINQ
INQUIRER.net / 03:49 PM January 12, 2019

Sen. Risa Hontiveros. INQUIRER file photo / RICHARD A. REYES

MANILA, Philippines — “The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) owes the entire country an
explanation.”
Senator Risa Hontiveros issued this statement after Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddy Locsin Jr.
disclosed that the agency’s previous outsourced passport maker “took all” the data after its contract
was terminated.

“The recent admission that a privately contracted firm took the entire physical database of all of the
country’s passport holders indicates a serious national security risk, and is evidence of the Duterte
government’s gross incompetence in protecting the people’s private data,” Hontiveros said on
Saturday.

READ: Bring birth certificates when renewing ‘older’ passports — DFA


The opposition senator questioned why the contractor is not “being sued for running away with such
vital information.”

“Exactly what data were lost? When, how, and under whose watch did this happen? Where did the
breakdown occur? Who exactly is the responsible firm?” the lady senator further asked.

She said that what the public needs is to be reassured that the data will be completely retrieved “with
the highest sense of urgency and priority.”

“Apart from that, the people responsible for such a gross display of incompetence should be held
fully responsible,” Hontiveros said.

“They say, ‘go out and see the world.’ But how can our people do that if our government can’t even
provide efficient passport application and renewal services to the public?” she added. /jpv

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