A hackers’ group posted a statement on the official website of President Benigno Aquino III early on Thursday, slamming his “mishandling” of the crisis in Sabah.
Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Sonny Coloma said that the hacking of the website, 1.president.gov.ph, was detected at around 1:30 a.m.
“An errant sentence critical of the government on the Sabah issue was found to have been inserted in one of the news items within the website,” Coloma said.
The President’s website was breached by hackers’ group, Anonymous Philippines.
It posted the message: “Greetings, President Aquino! We have watched how you signed into law a bill that endangers and tramples upon the netizens’ freedom of speech and expression. Now, we are silent witnesses as to how you are mishandling the Sabah issue. We did not engage the Malaysian hackers who invaded our cyberspace since we expected you to appropriately and judiciously act on the same, but you failed us,” the message read.”
The group added: “You did nothing while our fellow brothers are being butchered by the Malaysian forces, and while our women and children become subject of human rights abuses. If you can’t act on the issue as the Philippine President, at least do something as a fellow Filipino. We are watching.”
The website was already up as of 10 a.m.