CASE DIGEST: KILUSANG MAYO UNO vs. THE DIRECTOR-GENERAL, NEDA, G.R. No. 167798, APRIL 19, 2006
President Arroyo issued EO 420 directing a unified ID system among the various government agencies and GOCCs for the purpose of having a uniform ID for all government agencies. Kilusang Mayo Uno and others assailed this EO for being a “usurpation of legislative powers by the president” and it infringes the citizens’ right to privacy.
Whether or not
EO 420 on Unified ID System among government agencies infringes on the citizens right to privacy.
(Executive Order 420 of April 13, 2005 was issued for the adoption of a unified multi-purpose identification (ID) system for the government)
No. All these years, the GSIS, SSS, LTO, Philhealth and other government entities have been issuing ID cards in the performance of their governmental functions. There have been no complaints from citizens that the ID cards of these government entities violate their right to privacy, and in the collection and recording of personal identification data.
Moreover, EO 420 applies only to government entities that already maintain ID systems and issue ID cards pursuant to their regular functions under existing laws. EO 420 does not grant such government entities any power that they do not already possess under existing laws.
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