Citizens of the Philippines will finally have their own national ID after President Rodrigo Duterte has signed the Philippine ID System Law. It aims to provide ease transactions between the people and the government.


Under the law, the ID will be embedded with a microchip which will include information such as name, gender, place of birth, as well as fingerprints and iris scan of the bearer, among 

What you need to know about the newly-enacted Philippine ID System Law:

1. The new system will incorporate all government-initiated identification systems into an integrated and efficient identification system for Filipino citizens. This means data will be sourced from existing databases such as passport, driver’s license, social security and other established data sources.


2. The establishment of this ID system is governed by the existing Data Privacy Act to ensure protection of an individual’s right to privacy and prevent access by unauthorized parties to confidential information.

3. A Common Reference Number (CRN) will be associated to each citizen containing essential information such as full name, address, date and place of birth, sex, civil status, signature, CRN and date of card issuance, along with a recent photo.

4. The ID, using the CRN as reference, can be used by a citizen to transact across any branch of the government. Likewise, the ID will also be honored when transacting with private institutions such as banks, utility companies and other related establishments.

5. Filipinos based abroad can register at a closest embassy or consular offices in their countries to get their assigned CRN.

6. Application for the ID will be free of charge and expenses in producing it shall be borne by the Philippine government.

7. Information to be collected under the Philippine Identification System includes the following:


• Full name
• Gender
• Date of birth
• Blood type
• Address
• Citizenship


• Marital status
• Mobile number(s)
• Email address(es)

Biometric information will also be recorded, including:


• Front-facing photograph
• Full set of fingerprints
• Iris scan

Other identifiable features may be collected, if necessary.

8. The Philippine ID can be used when transacting with national government agencies, local government units, government-owned or -controlled corporations, government financial institutions, and the private sector.

9. The law lays out specific transactions that the ID can be used for:

• Applying for social welfare and benefits
• Applying for services offered by the GSIS, SSS, PhilHealth, Pag-Ibig, and other government agencies
• Applying for passport and driver’s licenses
• Tax-related transactions
• Registration and voting identification purposes
• Applying for schools, colleges, universities, and other learning institutions Applying for employment and other related transactions
• Opening bank accounts and other transactions with banks and financial institutions
• Verifying criminal records and clearances
• Other transactions defined in the implementing rules and regulations (IRR)

Kuwait City: Two girls have been sentenced to 15 years in jail for cheating young men and taking money from them by force, according to Al Qabas newspaper.

The court convicted them of luring their victims to their accommodation, making them believe that they would have sex.

Once they reach home, their male accomplices enter the house, beat the victims up, strip them of their money and film them.

The gang would then threaten their victims saying they would post the videos on social media in case they filed cases with the police.

Etheridge, known for being the goalkeeper for Philippine national football team Azkals, made his debut appearance in the league by playing for the Bluebirds in their game against AFC Bournemouth.

Despite ending in a 2-0 loss, Etheridge expressed his pride in being able to compete in the league and taking new learnings in the process.

“Great to make my Premier League debut. Not the result we wanted, a lot of things to work on and a lot of positives to take out of the game. Thank you to all the travelling supporters,” his post on Twitter read.

Etheridge played a crucial role in the game and had some notable moments during the 90-minute standoff.

During the 34th minute of the game, Etheridge was able to save a kick from Callum Wilson which would have doubled the Bournemouth’s lead over Cardiff City.


Bournemouth, however, was able to secure the win when Wilson had another chance to score in the final minutes of the game and increased the lead to 2-0.

Cardiff City will have another chance to snatch their first win on their game against Newcastle on Saturday, August 18.

“It’s a long season. We’ll keep sticking together and working hard,” Etheridge said.

UAE-based billionaire Yusuff Ali M A has set aside nearly AED4 million to help people who have been affected by the devastating floods and rains that hit the southern Indian state of Kerala, Gulf News reported.

Yusuff Ali, the retail tycoon who owns LuLu hypermarkets, confirmed on Sunday that he has just donated Rs5 crores (AED2.56 million) to the Kerala chief minister’s relief fund.

The money is intended to extend assistance to the millions of people who have been displaced by the floods.

He had also donated Rs2 crores (AED1 million) to two publications in Kerala last week, to help fund their ongoing initiatives to assist flood victims, bringing his calamity assistance to a total of AED3.5 million.

Flash floods in Kerala have killed a number of people and left thousands homeless. As of the latest count, a total of 37 people have lost their lives and 36,000 more have been displaced.

Yusuff Ali is one of the world’s richest person with net worth estimated to be around $3.9 billion as of Sunday.


Bahrain News

CLAIMS that a Filipina housemaid’s genitals were mutilated by her employer in Bahrain have prompted an investigation by diplomats. The allegations are also being probed by the Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs, in Manila, after the alleged victim, Emma Balela, flew home last Tuesday

Source: gdnonline.

Tuesday, 14 August 2018 12:30

Kuwaiti Amir’s sister mourned

Kuwait mourned the death of Shaikha Fareeha Al Ahmed Al Jaber Al Sabah, sister of the Amir Shaikh Sabah Al Ahmed Al Jaber Al Sabah, Al Anba reported.

Senior officials, media personalities and public figures took to social media to pay homage to the deceased Kuwaiti royal who passed away in Egypt.

Shaikha Fariha was known for her humanitarian and community activities that benefit all social categories.

She launched the Model Mother initiative a few years agos, symbolising her keen interest in issues related to families and women.

(With input from Almarsd)

Tuesday, 14 August 2018 12:27

Kuwait blocks caller ID app

Kuwait City: The Public Authority for Communications and Information Technology began blocking caller ID smartphone applications from Internet providers in Kuwait after finding that such applications violate an individual’s privacy, obtain their private information and compromise their security, and this has led to family disputes and bank thefts, according to Kuwait Times.

The information technology security department explained that when the user installs a caller ID application, he allows the app to access all information on his phone such as phone numbers and addresses.

A Kuwaiti national is facing a lawsuit over the harsh treatment of his daughter, reported Al Qabas.
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A video posted on social media showed the girl sitting in the luggage boot under the scorching heat as the "heartless" father was driving.
The police arrested the man instantly and referred him to the competent authorities to face charges.
He claimed that he only wanted to "scare" his little daughter who is "unruly".
Source: gdnonline

Kuwait A Pakistani man who tried to end his life inside his room by hanging himself with a rope has been referred to the intensive care unit of the Mubarak Hospital, according to his friend, the man was suffering from depression due to financial problems, the police have registered the incident for legal procedures

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Monday, 13 August 2018 20:04


Ten dinars forged in more than one place and especially in gas stations. The Criminal Crimes Department of the Criminal Investigation Department is moving to control the perpetrators and seize any counterfeit Kuwaiti currency in the market.

Beware of fake notes

The Directorate-General of Criminal Investigation is looking for a gang which has allegedly pumped into the Kuwait market forged banknote in the KD 10 denomination





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