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Goodbye “GSM” Phones: Manila to Prohibit Sale of Secondhand Phones

Stolen phones acquired in a raid in Manila. From Philippine Star.

A good way to curb stolen phones?

As part of Manila mayor Isko Moreno’s efforts to combat theft in Manila, the mayor announced that it is banning the sale of secondhand phones—regardless if they are sold as a complete set or just the phone and charger only—in Manila.

This is a follow-up to Moreno’s previous statement, where he threatened the closure of Isetann Mall in Recto after finding a stolen phone—known as GSM or “Galing sa Magnanakaw”—at one of the mall’s stalls.

In a statement, Moreno said that through banning the sale of secondhand phones, it will be able to curb phone thefts in Manila. The said ban covers all malls and stalls within Manila.

To date, the Manila Police has confiscated more than 300 cell phones and dummy phones since it has started operations last month.

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  1. Ang galing talaga ni mayor isko, daming nagawa na hindi nagawa or naisip gawin nung nakaraang mayor. Walang alam kasi kungdi magstaycation sa office.

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