Prank calls continue to haunt 911

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Another 3,947 prank calls were recorded from the new emergency hotline 911. From 4,193 recorded prank calls from 9 a.m. on August 2 to 9 a. m. of August 3, the number of prank calls reached the 8,140 mark. This prompted Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) officials to propose the passing of a law that would require the registration of cellular numbers including those of the pre-paid variety. DILG Undersecretary for Public Safety Jesus Hinlo said once approved, those purchasing SIM cards must be required to present government-issued identification cards before their cellular numbers can be registered. He also appealed to the public to address traffic-related problems to the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, not the government emergency hotline 911. Hinlo said traffic concerns when addressed to 911 create system jams, adding that the hotline should be used only for relevant emergency calls.

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