PH: Locsin says ‘pissed’ contractor ‘took all’ passport data

Updated January 15: Locsin subsequently clarified his claim and said that no data had been removed or stolen, but had been made inaccessible. See this report.

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Katrina Domingo reports:

MANILA – Some Filipinos renewing their passports may have to present their birth certificates as an additional requirement after a passport production contractor the government had terminated “made off with data,” Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. has said.

The Department of Foreign Affairs needs to “rebuild” its database for passports issued before 2010 because a “previous outsourced passport maker took all the data when contract terminated,” Locsin said in a tweet on Jan. 9

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